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Royal Orthopaedic Hospital strategy highlights plans for digital and data to streamline operations

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s latest strategy, running until 2028, shares the role of digital and data across areas including culture, patient empowerment, and streamlining operations, with the trust’s digital, data and technology plan described as “a vital enabler” in transforming services, enhancing productivity, and offering “truly patient-centred care”.

The strategy is split into a series of strategic objectives: care, expertise, people, community, services, and collaboration. In care, digital technology will play a role in supporting patient-led booking and teams pledge to “use the latest technology to optimise clinical outcomes”.

Digital tech is also intended to help streamline operations, and the introduction of a new EPR will form part of the trust’s commitments to “use digital technology to improve the patient experience” and to leverage digital solutions to “promote better, faster, accessible, and equity driven health and care”.

On embedding a culture of continuous improvement, the strategy outlines the trust’s plans to implement systems to capture and analyse data, as part of the “plan-do-study-act cycle”. Under the strategic objective of community, the publication notes current limitations in the collection and oversight of health inequalities data, and how this will be improved by 2028 to “enable overlaying to a unified waiting list for people” in Birmingham and Solihull.

To read the strategy in full, please click here.

Elsewhere on strategy, the Social Care and National Care Service Development Directorate within the Scottish Government has published its dementia strategy 2024-2026, outlining how the government commits to working “with the voices of lived experience” to achieve its vision for change in dementia care and highlighting digital as one of the key thematic priorities.

Also, North East and North Cumbria ICS has published a draft research and innovation strategy which sets out seven principles including a focus on collaboration across the region to capitalise on assets, infrastructure and relationships “to unlock new technologies, accelerate clinical trials and develop new methodologies to meet the health and care needs of our population”.