ABHI 30: NHS Long-Term Plan Promises Diagnosis And Tech Uptake Boost For Industry And Patients
The over-running NHS England Long-Term Plan, to be released in full on Jan. 7, was a central discussion theme at the ABHI’s Market Conference last fall, an occasion that marked 30 years of the association’s support for industry. Early indications about the plan are that digital, early diagnosis, long-term and mental health care are among the key themes and challenges that will be addressed, and supported by the five-year funding boost announced last year. But is the cash settlement enough, and does the plan push the right buttons?
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The new "NHS Long Term Plan" is an opportunity for an expansive vision in the UK, but it will fall short in its ambitious aims if it merely defaults to old, failed concepts of annualized, silo-nature NHS budgeting. These have proven to be a persistent and significant barrier to the introduction of innovation, says Peter Ellingworth, chief executive of the Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI).
The UK health-tech industry association ABHI marked 30 years of supporting local manufacturers and helping the sector adapt to changing needs at a special UK Market Conference in November. The future-facing forum was notable for highlighting the fact that clinicians and the Royal Colleges are increasingly on the same page as industry on how the sector must transform to meet the growing need for affordable, quality health care.
Discussions on the shape of health care have moved from “reimagining” to the next stage: building and executing on the vision. That is the thrust of EY’s NextWave Report: New Horizons 2019. Additionally, for medtechs seeking business continuum, “duality” is now a preoccupying thought.