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NHS X tables a new NHS Digital Health Technology Standard – your opportunity to have your voice heard!

2 March 2020

The importance of Health Tech to the future delivery of our healthcare services continues to grow. In recognition of the some of the barriers the NHS and tech developers face in getting digital health apps and tools assessed and into use NHS X is developing a new NHS Digital Health Technology Standard which it is currently seeking views from stakeholders on.

It is hoped that once the new Standard is adopted the NHS will find it quicker to review technologies and that overall the process of reviewing commissioning will be more streamlined and efficient.

The draft Standard has taken existing standards from industry and the health sector as a starting point with a view to consolidating and building on them. The ten elements within the draft standard look to address key issues such as: safety, data protection, interoperability and usability to name a few. Each element of the draft Standard is underpinned by a rationale and guidance is provided to indicate key issues which must be addressed or which developers need to take into account. The draft Standard is available here.

Survey

NHS X has launched a survey to allow it to gather views on the draft Standard from a range of stakeholders including those which develop, licence and sell digital health technologies as well as those within the NHS who commission such technologies and just as importantly those who use them: patients, carers and clinicians.

We would encourage all clients who work in this space to take the time to review the draft standard and contribute to the survey to ensure their views are heard. The survey, which closes on 22nd April, can be accessed here.

How we can help

Our recognised health tech practice is leading on the some of the most cutting edge tech projects in the health sector today. Our lawyers are advising tech developers and NHS organisations alike on how to protect and commercialise their ideas and technologies as well as working with commissioners to look at routes to market.

To discuss how we can support your business or help inform your thinking on these and other digital technology issues do drop us an email.

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