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NHE365: ‘Digital maturity is a journey’

“Digital maturity is a journey, but requires a change in mindset. Digital is not a bolt-on”

Those were the words of Dr Afzal Chaudhry, Consultant Nephrologist and Director of Digital at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, as one of the first speakers at National Health Executive’s inaugural #NHE365 virtual event.

Opening NHE’s conference on Achieving Digital Efficiency, Dr Chaudhry described the journey that his NHS trust had been on since 2010 in achieving and delivering digital transformation within their own trust, both in the work they do within their own trust and regionally.

Having had plenty of success to date, Dr Chaudry described how they had undergone the implementation of an electronic patient record solution, as well as during the revamping of their networks, wi-fi and the replacement of desktops, mobile units and much more equipment.

But for Cambridge University Hospitals NHS FT, it was about so much more than just introducing new, shiny technology.

“Digital maturity is not about introducing more technology. It’s about how you’re using it and the benefits for the patient.

“It is a never-ending journey, as we continue to improve and using technology to underpin our hospitals.”

“We settled on two broad strategies: a joined-up healthcare solution for patients, with an in-hospital record and greater interconnectivity, and defining they were going to define the route to successful digital maturity."

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