The power of innovation to transform public health
Harnessing advances in technology to transform the delivery of health and care services has been a priority for successive governments. From digitising patient records to helping patients monitor and self-manage chronic conditions, the value of technology in improving and modernising our health systems is clear to see.
However, digital transformation has been slower to make its mark in the field of public health. Innovative digital solutions have the potential to drive significantly better health outcomes for people. The intelligent use of data can help policymakers better identify population health needs, target interventions more effectively, and evaluate successes and shortcomings more accurately.
New technological developments will also help local and national authorities move away from top-down approaches to public health. For instance, apps and online systems that incentivise healthy living are empowering citizens to take greater control over their own health, improving outcomes and delivering large savings in a sustainable way.
Reform is delighted to be hosting a roundtable in partnership with Imperial College’s The Forum, to bring together senior leaders from across the NHS, local government, and academic and charitable institutions to discuss the potential of technological innovation in public health
This roundtable will be held under the Chatham House Rule.