Vodafone's new Head of Centre for Health, a joint partnership with Deloitte, argues for better cooperation between the public and private sectors if we are to create a fully digital healthcare system that is more efficient and achieves better outcomes for patients.
It was a great pleasure speaking with All-Party Parliamentary Group for Healthcare Infrastructure recently about how Vodafone’s healthcare technologies can support digital innovation in the NHS.
The cross-party group of MPs and Peers seeks to highlight the importance of the physical and digital infrastructure of health and social care. It is extremely encouraging to see senior politicians placing equal importance on these two forms of infrastructure, and it’s clear that the quality of our hospital buildings, broadband and mobile go hand-in-hand.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss innovation in healthcare infrastructure. This gave me an opportunity to outline why, at Vodafone, we think world-class connectivity in healthcare is key to patient experience and outcomes, as well as their access to healthcare.
I believe the connectivity that we all rely on in our day-to-day lives will be vital for the modern healthcare setting, and this will be increasingly so with the onset of 5G. While patients may expect the healthcare industry to use the same technology they do, this is often not the case.