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Lesley Jones: The NHS needs us all to move towards a digital future

NHS Improvement’s nurse fellow for digital health says collaboration is needed to introduce new IT systems and technology
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NHS Improvement’s nurse fellow for digital health says collaboration is needed to introduce new IT systems and technology

Healthcare organisations are moving towards a digital future at different speeds, with many nurses contributing to and leading digital innovation in their workplaces.

Strong leadership is vital in making digital innovation in healthcare a success, with effective leadership at board level essential to maintaining patient safety through data security. Strong board leadership is also required for securing funding; digital systems will invariably have hidden costs, and maintenance and support needs must be factored in and managed from the start.

Positivity and engagement

Introducing a digital system is not one person’s crusade, it is an interprofessional team effort. Engaging with staff, patients, the public and collaborative partners, where possible, is equally important to success – if we don’t learn to share the

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