NHS Providers has released a report entitled "Why digital transformation matters", which heralds a new era of digital leadership. This report highlights:
- the benefits of embracing technology to improve clinical outcomes, patient safety and quality of care;
- the financial savings and improved risk assessments which come with digital transformation;
- the need to engage with, and empower, staff; and
- explores the need to prioritise new ways of working and digital tools.
In the immediate response to COVID-19, few trust boards had time to consider the reasons for prioritising new ways of working or digital tools. They just got on with it. As the immediate crisis settles, leaders will need to step back and consider where digital transformation sits in their list of priorities in light of what has changed. If delivered successfully, digital transformation can lead to a range of benefits.