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Redesigning health and social: Care challenges and opportunities from an IT and digital perspective

Redesigning health and social: Care challenges and opportunities from an IT and digital perspective

January 6, 2015

Providing health and social care for unprecedented numbers of older people, often without family support and subject to long-term, incapacitating health conditions, is a rapidly escalating challenge across the developed world.

The Government has put in place a legislative framework to meet these challenges with the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and the Care Act 2014. These and other developments, like the pooling of funding by local NHS and local authority social care teams through the Better Care Fund, and the creation of health and wellbeing boards, are bringing about major changes in governance, management, organisation, funding and delivery across the NHS, public health and social care.

At the heart of these reforms is a recognition that rising demand will create unsustainable costs. Based on current arrangements, a £30bn shortfall is predicted for the NHS by 2020, with the Local Government Association (LGA) anticipating a £16.5bn funding gap the by the same date.

Better integrated ways of working and deploying resources across health and social care, that will make savings but also improve the quality of care and the experience of service users, depend to a significant extent on the application and take-up of IT and digital technologies.

These technologies will help health and care providers to be more productive, empower populations to behave in ways that reduce demand, and allow individuals to get more from health and care services when they need them.

This document, written for senior policy and decision-makers across health and social care, provides a high-level guide to information and technology challenges and opportunities in a rapidly changing landscape.

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