How the Innovation Agency supports digital health programmes

Director for Digital Health Alan Davies describes how the Innovation Agency supports systems and organisations in the North West Coast with digital health transformation programmes.

Better use of data and digital technology is an important part of the NHS Long Term Plan, to provide easier access for patients to services and health information; better access for staff to digital tools and patient records; and to improve services through the use of patient and population data.

We are supporting partners to deliver their organisational and system-wide digital health strategies, in Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and South Cumbria.


Nationally, the NHS has five linked digital programmes:

  • Empower the person
  • Support the professional
  • Integrate services
  • Manage the system effectively
  • Create the future
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An example of the sort of change underway is the NHS App, which will become a digital ‘front door’ for NHS services. 

The health and care systems for both Lancashire and South Cumbria and for Cheshire and Merseyside have their own digital plans which follow these themes.  The Innovation Agency is playing an active role both nationally and locally in supporting delivery of the plans. 

The region is rich in digital health knowledge and infrastructure assets, with pioneering work taking place within organisations and across both our system partnerships - Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership and Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria.

We have a vibrant, dynamic community of small and medium size businesses, many of whom are being helped through our ERDF funded business support programmes to work with the NHS and social care.

And we have strong connections with national NHS programmes, some of which involve our staff and AHSN Network colleagues in leading or helping to deliver digital initiatives.


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