Healthcare Technology Continues to be a Growth Industry

The opportunities for technological applications in healthcare continues to grow and the market is realising the benefits.

The NHS Long Term Strategy made much of increasing technological applications in UK healthcare and this trend looks set to continue as NHS provider Babylon Health is more than doubling its operations in North America.

The company, which has developed an app which lets people book virtual appointments with their GPs and order prescriptions is currently looking to appoint 29 new staff in Canada and the US, the Telegraph reports.

The British company said its launch in Canada has been “successful” and it was “building a significant presence in North America.”

GSM Advisory Board member Dr Amjid Mohammed has been a trailblazer in incorporating technology into healthcare here in the UK and his project, Smart-ER at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospital has been nominated for a prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) award.

Smart-ER has been a pioneering project incorporating technology into the health service and allowing patients to be involved at the centre of their own treatment whilst cutting waiting times and improving productivity.

Dr Amjid Mohammed, lead for the Smart-ER Project at DBTH, said: “Until we put this revolutionary system in place, the ED experience at Doncaster Royal Infirmary (DRI) was largely unchanged from where it was several decades ago. But by introducing Smart-ER, the hospital has made a significant and much-needed stride towards modernisation, taking the service forward, making superior use of technology and ultimately creating a better experience for our patients. It’s a truly forward-thinking initiative and one that will only become more useful as time goes on, as we continue to refine and add to it.”

GSM has been working with Dr Mohammed on new strategies for bringing technology into many aspects of healthcare, allowing providers to deliver the patient centred care that they strive to deliver.

The healthcare technology sector in the UK is estimated to be worth £2.9bn a year but the market in the US and Canada is much larger.

CEO of GSM Andrew Bird said it was an area which the UK “should be focused at delivering.”

Healthcare is such an important factor for everyone but often large, state run organisations can fall behind in developing or implementing technology. However, the motivation for technological advancements in delivering real changes for the NHS is clearly present at all levels of policy and delivery, which I think is potentially very exciting.

Using technological applications to improve the day to day lives of people is at the very core of what we want to deliver at GSM and my hope is that this is a project which grows and allows UK innovation the opportunity to shine.