Matt Hancock, the new Health Secretary reaffirmed his passion for technology at NHS Expo earlier this month, as he outset plans to make the NHS an ecosystem for the best technology available. The Health Secretary announced the rollout of a new NHS app for patients, the creation of a HealthTech Advisory Board to highlight where changes need to happen, and an additional £200m investment to turn a group of NHS Trusts into internationally recognised centres for technology and innovation.
The prospect of overhauling the entire NHS IT system is exciting and well overdue, but the risks of digital transformation must also be considered and properly managed, says software innovator TmaxSoft UK.
To make the most out of next generation technologies such as artificial intelligence, the health system must adopt more flexible IT infrastructures that facilitate speed and responsiveness. These transformation projects can prove risky however, as they require movement away from IT systems that have been long relied on to perform core functions. A small error during the transformation process can therefore result in a drastic disruption of services, as recently highlighted by the TSB IT fiasco.
This should not deter the health sector from embarking on transformation projects however, as organisations can greatly minimise their chances of disruption through risk management and effective planning, according to Carl Davies, CEO of TmaxSoft UK.
Davies continued: “When it comes to moving away from mainframes infrastructures for example, one of the riskiest tasks is altering programmes and applications, or re-writing code. Re-engineering systems can take years, which means that the scope for error is far-reaching. However, institutions have the option to re-host their mainframes, meaning that they can simply lift existing mainframe assets and shift them to new open platforms. Re-hosting is faster, less risky, and helps systems to operate in the exact same way, but many organisations still choose outdated strategies that put them at harm. This suggests that organisations are not doing everything in their power to mitigate risk around transformation projects.
“The health service will be in a much stronger position once it has been migrated to a modern system, granting patients access to life changing treatments and making operational efficiencies across the board. Transformation does not have to be a dangerous journey, so long as organisations identify any gaps in their knowledge and work with the right partner to smooth out any vulnerabilities. Failure to do so in the health sector could put patients at substantial risk.” Davies concludes.
About TmaxSoft, Inc.
TmaxSoft is a global software innovator focused on cloud, infrastructure and legacy modernisation, with solutions that offer enterprise CIOs viable alternatives to support their global IT powerhouses and drive competitive advantage. Tibero is the best enterprise RDBMS for the Virtual Data Center. OpenFrame is a legacy rehosting solution that enables mainframe applications, resources and data to be migrated to a less expensive, high performance open or cloud system while reducing TCO and minimising risk of migration. JEUS is the first Web Application Server in the world to be J2EE 1.4, JAVA EE 5, and JAVA EE 6 Certified, and delivers improved security over traditional WAS. TmaxSoft was founded in 1997 in South Korea and today has over 1,000 employees in 20 strategic centers around the world. The company’s global headquarters is located in Chicago. Please visit www.tmaxsoft.com for more.