According to a recent Accenture survey of healthcare IT adoption across eight countries, England shows 60% adoption of healthcare IT in primary care, but only 22% in secondary care. This gap in healthcare IT adoption is indicative of the gaps created by technology silos within the NHS.
The legacy of IT investments has trapped the NHS into maintaining the requirements of technology rather than investing in transformation to meet the requirements of healthcare delivery. These one-off solutions have created a technology patchwork that hinders the sharing of healthcare data. Rather than investing in technology that enables clinicians to enter patient data, future investments should focus on technology that connects silos—and clinicians—to facilitate better patient outcomes at a lower cost and ensures swifter decision making and treatment.