Matt Hancock touts digital tech in the NHS as key to fuelling preventative healthcare

The health and social care secretary wants to invest more money in innovative tech for detecting disease early

Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock believes the key to lessening the burden on the NHS is investing in technologies to help prevent diseases.

Hancock told attendees at the Annual Meeting of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes today that helping people manage their own illnesses by identifying them earlier will lower the strain on the public purse.

"This isn't just about empowering people to take more personal responsibility. It's about reforming the system and harnessing new opportunities," Hancock said. "There are two new technologies in particular with the potential to change everything: the combination of artificial intelligence and genomics. They promise the potential to unlock our genetic codes, and allow us to apply those codes to how we live our lives."

He added that the ability to predict who is susceptible to which diseases and diagnose people who are already ill faster means medical professionals can offer treatment before it gets too serious.

Hancock's speech introduced the government's policy document that sets out how the NHS will use technology to transform medicine.

"Predictive prevention will transform public health by harnessing digital technology and personal data appropriately safeguarded to prevent people becoming patients," the policy paper said. "The availability of public data, combined with the existing understanding of wider determinants of health, means we can use digital tools to better identify risks and then help the behaviours of people most in need before they become patients.

Featured Resources

What you need to know about migrating to SAP S/4HANA

Factors to assess how and when to begin migration

Download now

Your enterprise cloud solutions guide

Infrastructure designed to meet your company's IT needs for next-generation cloud applications

Download now

Testing for compliance just became easier

How you can use technology to ensure compliance in your organisation

Download now

Best practices for implementing security awareness training

How to develop a security awareness programme that will actually change behaviour

Download now

Most Popular

Visit/microsoft-windows/32066/what-to-do-if-youre-still-running-windows-7
Microsoft Windows

What to do if you're still running Windows 7

14 Jan 2020
Visit/operating-systems/25802/17-windows-10-problems-and-how-to-fix-them
operating systems

17 Windows 10 problems - and how to fix them

13 Jan 2020
Visit/hardware/laptops/354533/dell-xps-13-new-9300-hands-on-review-chasing-perfection
Laptops

Dell XPS 13 (New 9300) hands-on review: Chasing perfection

14 Jan 2020
Visit/web-browser/30394/what-is-http-error-503-and-how-do-you-fix-it
web browser

What is HTTP error 503 and how do you fix it?

7 Jan 2020