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As Sajid Javid outlines a digital NHS, tech needs to learn the health service’s values

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When Sajid Javid set out his reforms for the health sector back in March, he outlined his vision for a tech revolution.

Healthcare, the health secretary argued, needed to follow the banking and shopping sectors, by using tech innovation to empower patients, leading to greater choice and convenience, and lower costs and health disparities.

This month, at the annual NHS ConfedExpo in Liverpool, he doubled down, speaking about a “small window of time where we can make a big difference” by combining valuable lessons from the pandemic with new technology and innovative ways of working. The Government’s digital health and care plan, he said, is soon to be published.

Of course, the NHS is already well advanced in using healthtech to bring positive change, whether through fitness trackers to monitor a patient’s vital signs, machine-learning algorithms to make hospital waiting lists more efficient, or AI powered apps to help people test for chronic kidney disease at home using their mobile phones.

NHS England specifically called for digitally-enabled care to go mainstream across........

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