Policy paper

The future of healthcare: our vision for digital, data and technology in health and care

Outlines what is needed to enable the health and care system to make the best use of technology to support preventative, predictive and personalised care.



This document proposes a modern technology architecture and a set of guiding principles that will together be the foundation for a new generation of digital services designed to meet the needs of all our users – for the workforce and for patients and people who use care services.

The vision sets out how digital services and IT systems will need to meet a clear set of open standards to ensure they can talk to each other and be replaced when better technologies become available. A focus on putting user needs first and setting standards at the centre will enable local organisations to manage their use of technology and spread and support innovation wherever it comes from.

There is a questionnaire for you to provide comments and feedback on the vision. The main audience for this will be innovators and suppliers of digital technology, health and care providers, and other organisations in the sector. However, anyone with an interest is welcome to share their views.

Published 17 October 2018