Editorial

UKCloud Health look to deliver ‘NHS Data Saves Lives’ vision

Health Cloud initiative combines cloud technologies, solutions, and partner services focused on addressing the future needs of a digital NHS

Posted 29 July 2021 by Christine Horton


UKCloud Health has announced a new initiative it says supports and delivers the ‘Data Saves Lives’ vision for the NHS.

Its new Health Cloud offering harnesses UK health providers and specialist partners to deliver solutions “that enable healthcare organisations to maximise the value of their data.”

Said David Price, director of UKCloud Health: “Many of the Trusts we are speaking to have already written a digital strategy that may not include a cloud or data strategy. By design and based on feedback, our Health Cloud initiative is a combination of strategic engagements, agnostic cloud technologies, solutions, and partner services focused on addressing the future needs of a digital NHS.

“Health Cloud is delivered on the UKCloud sovereign platform, ensuring valuable data remains a national asset and its intrinsic value is delivered back to citizens in the UK.” 

The recent draft Department of Health and Social Care policy paper sets out plans to reshape health and social care by better harnessing data. The plan sets out a requirement for a data platform where the consolidation of multiple data sets to create greater visibility and insight will enable earlier patient interventions, improved patient outcomes and help save lives.

The firm said Health Cloud is aligned with the NHS Vision to fulfil the potential of digital and data to improve patient outcomes and drive collaborative working.

New BCG research shows that 70 percent of digital transformations fall short of their objectives, often with profound consequences. UKCloud Health said the new initiative includes expert professional services to accelerate current digital transformation journeys.

Partners include specialist SaaS providers tailored to the health sector. These providers, such as Open Medical, deliver cloud-native solutions, to improve outcomes and interventions.

The firm said Health Cloud also delivers a platform where “the consolidation of multiple data sets creates greater visibility and insight which will enable earlier patient interventions, improved patient outcomes and help save lives.”

Lack of understanding

The UKCloud State of Digital and Data survey found that 97 percent of respondents are evaluating digital technology and its potential to improve patient outcomes. However, the survey also revealed the key challenges this vision faces. More than half of those surveyed (53 percent) said they had concerns about their organisation’s over-reliance on the limited number of global technology providers. A similar number (54 percent) express concern around the possible misuse of their organisation’s data.

What the survey made clear was that there is still a lack of understanding over the amount of data that is reliant on these technology platforms. Some organisations are simply unaware of all the locations where their data may reside.