Local Digital Roadmaps
The NHS Five Year Forward View makes a commitment that, by 2020, there would be “fully interoperable electronic health records so that patient’s records are paperless”. This was supported by a Government commitment in Personalised Health and Care 2020 that “all patient and care records will be digital, interoperable and real-time by 2020”.
In September 2015, a three-step process began to allow local health and care systems to produce Local Digital Roadmaps (LDRs) by June 2016, setting out how they will achieve the ambition of ‘paper-free at the point of care’ by 2020. The first step was the organisation of local commissioners, providers and social care partners into LDR footprints. The second step was for NHS providers within LDR footprints to complete a Digital Maturity Self-assessment. The third step was the development of LDRs, for which guidance was published.
It is clear that ‘digital’ technology has a significant role to play in sustainability and transformation. This includes delivering primary care at scale, securing seven day services, supporting new care models and transforming care in line with key clinical priorities. Alongside the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) created for north east London three local digital roadmaps have been created to show we will harness the opportunities that digital technology offers. During 2017 these three localised plans will be brought together to form a single coherent plan for the entire STP, albeit retaining a local focus in part. The LDRs describe the detail behind the STPs Digital Enablement delivery plan.