HealthTech ‘critical’ to the future of the NHS

Parliament Street debate on the role of digital technologies in the NHS includes leading figures from the world of HealthTech including Mark Kelly from and Rajiv Sethi, from the Faculty of Digial Health

Leading figures from the world of technology consultancy have called on the National Health Service (NHS) to modernise its systems in order to provide more cost effective patient care. The recommendations came from the Tech Frontiers conference hosted by the Parliament Street think tank in Westminster.

The event saw over 70 entrepreneurs, IT consultants and politicians gather for an open and honest debate about how tech can improve the NHS. The service is currently facing a multi-billion pound blackhole and with party conference season in full-swing, many tech providers are keen to send an urgent message to politicians that much more needs to be done to modernise the service.

A key speaker at the conference was Mark Kelly, marketing director at Push Doctor, a service which enables patients to gain consultation with a Doctor within 6 minutes. The service, which has proved a major hit with consumers, was founded by entrepreneur Eren Ozagir and is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Push Doctor’s capabilities include the ability to order prescriptions, obtain sick notes and medication online. Audience members commented that the technology could have a profound impact in tackling GP waiting times and provide particularly useful for the elderly and disabled.

The audience was also addressed by clinical entrepreneur RajivSethi from The Faculty of Digital Health who spoke about his experiences in the sector, encouraging young people to enter the world of healthcare.

The digital health panel was chaired by Parliament Street Chairman Clare Ambrosino and sponsored by technology PR agency Centropy PR.

Steven George-Hilley, director of technology said, “HealthTech has the potential to transform the NHS beyond all recognition, enabling our Doctors and Nurses to deliver world class services.”

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