Digital technology: transforming healthcare 

28/09/2016 00:00 
Dr Cathy Kelly, UCLH chief clinical information officer, spoke this month at the eHealth Summit 2016 in Dublin as Ireland’s eHealth strategy gets underway.

“I wear a number of professional hats,” said Dr Kelly, a former consultant physician at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for 12 years. “But the unifying element is harnessing digital services and using them as the catalyst for change in how healthcare is delivered.”
Cathy’s talk (below) at the eHealth Summit focused on the role of the digital doctor and how it has evolved. “There has been great progress in electronic health solutions, but the challenge for adoption is the same across the world - ensuring the necessary level of clinical engagement so that the clinical community can lead, shape and mould solutions that deliver real benefits to care delivery.”

When asked where she sees the industry in 10 years’ time, Cathy said: “I envisage full digitisation of healthcare services. This means several things, including a mobile workforce connected using digital technology and empowered citizens who take an active role in managing their own wellbeing through devices and mobile apps.”
In her role at UCLH, Cathy supports the work of the digital services directorate, acting as the clinical champion on a range of initiatives, including iCare, an integrated programme that will ensure UCLH can continue to deliver and improve patient care through using the right technology.
Cathy said: “The iCare programme is great news for patients and clinicians alike as it will make healthcare safer and more efficient. The goal is to have all the relevant information available electronically in the right place at the right time. This will provide a firm footing for the future of our healthcare, allowing our hospitals to remain exemplar sites for world-class healthcare, research and innovation.”

Cathy is also the digital lead for North Central London and developed the local digital roadmap for the region, a blueprint to help drive improvements for the health and wellbeing of local people. She is chief clinical information officer at UCLPartners Academic Health Science Partnership, and worked with colleagues at NHS England to develop new models of assessing digital maturity across the health and care system which have now been implemented nationally.

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