Digital enablement can give patients and citizens more control over their health and wellbeing, empower carers, reduce the administrative burden for care professionals and support the development of new medicines and treatments.

The Internet of Things (IoT) can provide wearables, sensors and gadgets in the home that can protect, monitor and diagnose, providing huge quantities of data about our bodies and behaviour. Digital Apps can put power into our own hands to control conditions, track fitness, record pain and boost wellbeing.

Consultations can be delivered via mobile screens, operations can be conducted remotely, thousands of miles away from the patient, treatment plans can be personalised and DNA analysed.

The potential for positive change is enormous, but the ethical questions and challenges that need to be engaged with cannot be underestimated.

Corsham’s digital capacity is at the forefront of digital health, hosting an estimated 21 Petabytes (1015 bytes) of data for the Genomes Project, being delivered by Genomics England. The work to sequence 100,000 genomes, each one consisting of 3.2bn letters of DNA, involves 1,500 NHS staff and a further 2,500 researchers around the world, will revolutionise our knowledge of 100 rare diseases and 7 common cancers. It’s a digital first that is fundamental to the future of healthcare.

Ci is a partner in the ‘Diabetes Digital Coach’, one of the first NHS Test beds that is being led by the West of England Academic Health Science Network that is pioneering opportunities to work with the IoT, using remote monitoring and coaching technology for better self-management of diabetes.

The adoption of digital ways of working by health and social care professionals has the ability to improve safety and transform the quality of care, reducing the cost of healthcare services whilst driving up the quality of service as well as efficiency and productivity.

Citizens who are digital enabled can have more control over their health and wellbeing, carers can be empowered and families kept fully informed of their loved one’s progress. Digitally enabled care professionals with the right tools and information can deliver the most appropriate care at the right time, providing their patients with the best experience of treatment, care and improved outcomes.

Ci, through its Digital Health Programme, is enabling wide scale Thought Leadership debate, supporting health and care communities to develop their digital capability and capacity, assisting health leaders to unite in a common digital purpose and is working at a local and national level to build trusted and ethical digital foundations on which the future of health and care will be delivered.

For more information about our Digital Health programme please email info@corshaminstitute.org.