Digital health and care and COVID-19

PRSB has produced the report, Digital health and care and COVID-19, based on a consultation into the role of digital during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, lessons learned and opportunities for the future. PRSB consulted 100 stakeholders including our member organisations, partners and system leaders, using a series of interviews and workshops.

This concise report makes 14 recommendations based on the feedback we heard from royal colleges, social care system leaders, health and care providers, patient/citizen groups, regulators and others. These include building on the enthusiasm for digital but reviewing and evaluating its safety and quality in practice including the use of apps and other digital technologies. Participants also told us that better coordination of data collections in health and care are needed so that burden on frontline professionals can be reduced. We also heard that we need to improve information sharing to support new models of care, particularly in urgent and emergency care, as well as for personalisation of care, shared decision making, end of life care and integrating health and social care.

PRSB is currently leading work to address six of the recommendations and seeking system-wide support from our members and partners to address the other issues and challenges raised and build on the enthusiasm for digital transformation that the pandemic has generated.

Final report - Digital Health and Covid-19