Yesterday, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock delivered a speech at the Spectator Health Summit. The speech further outlined the Secretary of State’s ambitions for the role of technology within the NHS.
Matt Hancock used the speech to the prospect of emerging technology in the healthcare sector.
“I think we can be pretty certain that the digital revolution that has transformed the way we shop, eat, bank, travel, read, watch, and even find love, is going to have arrived in our hospitals and GP surgeries.
“Robotic surgery that’s less invasive, faster and with fewer errors.
“There’s the game-changing potential of AI and genomics to predict which of us are susceptible to which illnesses, diagnose those already ill faster, and develop tailor-made treatments to get us back to health.”
– Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.
Hancock went on to explain how the NHS must ‘get the basics right’ as well as looking towards emerging technologies.
“But it’s not just about this cutting-edge technology. It’s about getting the basics right.
“Even using existing technology we can do so much more:
- new software to support remote monitoring of vulnerable and elderly people in their own homes
- video consultations – so more accessible and flexible appointments
- wearables that track vital signs and gently motivate us towards healthier lifestyles”
-Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.
Read more from the speech here.