Utilising digital technology to enable whole-system integration in healthcare: How integrated digital healthcare is helping to transform the NHS.

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Integrated care aims to improve patient experience, achieve higher levels of efficiency and extract value from care delivery systems within a healthcare economy. However, whilst integrating care delivery and enabling care providers within a local health economy to work together is an admirable goal, it is often very difficult to achieve. The aim of integrated care is to address fragmentation in services and enable more coordinated, continuous, and ultimately safer and improved care for patients.

Historically, the main barrier to achieving streamlined integration is having access to real-time data. Often the systems themselves do not have the ability or tools to communicate effectively, or they sit on servers not accessible outside of the host organisation, which makes it unviable for providers to integrate. The complexities involved in changing every system would make it extremely challenging and exceptionally expensive, so having the ability to use the existing infrastructure in an alternative manner, and joining the dots for them, is a preferable route.

Supporting this vision of integrated digital healthcare, is VitalHub UK, a leading group of health technology organisations, simplifying the complexities of data integration, in planned and unplanned care.