Innovation at risk in disjointed NHS

Innovations that help people manage long-term conditions at home will not catch on until they are seen as part of wider health initiatives, experts warn.

At a King's Fund event this month, Wendy Hardicker, NHS Norfolk assistant director for out-of-hospital care, said personal health plans, personal budgets, assisted technology and self-care were interrelated.

'If someone has a personal health plan they might want to use technology. They can do that from their own personal health budget. That could be wrapped up in one initiative,' she said.

Unless commissioners embrace new technologies, progress will 'stagnate', she said.

Professor James Barlow, chairman in technology and innovation management at Imperial College London, agreed, pointing out that many innovations were considered separately although they all sought to support people living at home.

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