We know change will happen, we just don’t know how big that change may be

Over the last 20 years we witnessed events that went onto transform mainstream technology adoption.  For example, the millennium bug and the end of the dot.com boom proved to be a material points that changed in the world of IT and business systems engineering.

In the next 18 months we face three major factors which we believe will drive even faster change to today’s landscape. In May 2018 we see the enforcement of GDPR, in March 2019 Brexit and every day in between we see an ever-increasing challenge of maintaining Cyber Security.

In May 2017 we saw the WannaCry attack proliferate across industry and the public sector. The NHS was significantly impacted with some trusts grinding to a technological halt. More recently NHS Digital confirmed that all 200 NHS Trusts tested for Cyber Security post WannaCry had failed the on-site assessment. When we consider the implications of future attacks on top of a series of further material changes to the regulatory and political environment, the potential risks to maintaining stable operational IM&T service comes into clear focus. More importantly these changes are taking place in the next 12 months!

Traditional provision of technology by healthcare providers is in our view not fit for purpose to meet the challenges of rapid material change. In reality, it could take only relatively small change(s) to impact patient data, operational services or indeed patient safety.

This landscape change alone is not the only factor. The ongoing pressure on NHS funding drives a critical review of how money is spent on delivering an appropriate and sustainable technology base. Add to that, the reality that service change is increasingly technology transformation dependent, we have a clear window over the next 12 months to make a necessary step change away from the traditional infrastructure model.

Whilst cloud adoption is widespread in industry, it is in its relative infancy in healthcare. The complexity of legacy systems, contracts and suppliers along with the bespoke regulatory environment present a unique blend of significant complexity in successfully migrating to a new world. In January of this year NHS Digital’s Chief Architect advocated adoption of the cloud “as part of sensible, risk managed approach” highlighting how early the NHS is on the adoption curve.

ASE specialises in helping our clients through both uncertain and complex challenges. Our approach is based upon establishing a clear base line, both technically and commercially, then overlaying this with a prioritised realistic plan based upon driving improvement in quality and service up whilst seeking to reduce lifetime costs.

To achieve this, we deploy best in class technologists alongside deep NHS commercial experience, alongside change and transformation specialists needed to maximise the return on new technology.

We know that no one challenge is the same. No two organisations have exactly the same legacy systems, contractual arrangements or service delivery models. What you can do next is to reach out to our healthcare team at customerservices@ase.co.uk or call us on+44 (0)208 618 2246 and we can discuss the next steps.