NHS IT Leadership Survey, 2018

Jul 2018

Digital Health’s NHS IT Leadership Survey 2018 provides the most detailed snapshot of the priorities, plans, concerns, and sentiments of NHS IT leaders within the CCIO, Health CIO, CNIO, Caldicott Guardians and Digital Leaders’ networks. The third edition of this annual survey shows year-on-year trends on the hot topics in healthcare digitisation by following up key questions of our previous NHS Leadership surveys. The report highlights: • NHS IT priorities and current and future IT projects • Cybersecurity • Trends on governance, budgets and staffing • Cloud computing • Digital patient services • Views on the paperlight agenda, connected care and overall outlook • Doubts over the value of GDEs, requests for better national support, desire for open standards, scepticism on AI.

The NHS IT Leadership Survey Report, 2018 is the third annual survey of what’s driving decision-making across NHS IT, providing critical insight into the sentiment, priorities and challenges facing NHS IT and digital leaders.

This edition re-asks many of the same questions first asked of NHS IT leaders in 2016 and followed up on the 2017 survey, enabling comparisons and year-on-year changes to be identified.

The current views of leaders about NHS IT priorities, the paperlight agenda and the of future digitisation is the dominant theme of the report, with a growing reality of digital haves and have-nots.

This report outlines how technology projects have evolved in the last 24-months, what the key current and future technology focus areas are and how budgets are changing.

Key findings include:

1. Interoperability is the top current priority for most IT leaders

2. Electronic patient records (EPRs) remain the biggest IT project on which leaders are currently working

3. Most feel overall NHS IT budgets are insufficient

4. Cybersecurity budgets are expected to increase in the coming year, however

5. Responsibility for NHS IT ultimately lies on CIO/IT Directors (and Heads of IT)

6. Digital patient services are on the up, but far from widespread

7. Cloud services are in the ascendant

8. Optimism the NHS will be paperlight by 2020 continues to wane

9. Confidence on integrated care records rebounds

10. Overall outlook significantly more positive than last year

11. Doubts over the value of the global digital exemplar (GDE) programme


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