State of the Nation: Digitisation and Medical Technologies

24 Feb 2021
Re-imagining Innovation & Delivery

We have reached a turning point in the history of healthcare where we have an opportunity to think and act differently going forwards. This is particularly relevant as we take stock of the lessons from the past year and look forward to a future in which population health, empowered by technology and underpinned by more collaborative partnerships, provides new frameworks for looking at how healthcare is delivered in the 21st century. 


The global situation in 2020 demanded vast, mobilised action to accelerate digital ways of working. We need to galvanise this momentum in the context of rethinking technology-led healthcare. This report provides analysis concerning the current state of digital policy, performance of policy development against benchmarks, and delivery in the UK healthcare system. The digitisation of health and care covers a complex landscape; it is not only about improving health IT but will increasingly be woven into the very fabric of front-line care. The successful transformation to a digitally-enabled health and care system is only possible with the ongoing collective participation of health and care stakeholders.  


This report is a synthesis of perspectives aiming to provide a cross-industry narrative, and a set of recommendations regarding how the digitisation of health and care should proceed. This includes both strategy and policy recommendations for healthcare leaders and policymakers.

 This report is both ambitious in its scope and bold in its recommendations. PPP would be delighted if you could join us for this virtual report launch to discuss the future digital agenda for the healthcare sector.

Harpreet Sood, MBBS MPH MRCGP -
Nicola Blackwood, Co-Chair of Health and Life Sciences Policy Board - Public Policy Projects
Sarah Wilkinson, CEO - NHS Digital
James Bethell, Minister for Innovation - Department of Health and Social Care