NHS innovations: past, present and future, with Professor Tony Young



Hello my name is Tony Young, I'm a
consultant surgeon in the NHS but I'm also the national clinical lead for
innovation here at NHS England. Today I'd like to tell you about some of the
amazing technological advances that are going on in the NHS at the moment, but
also look back at where we've come from in our 70 year history, with some amazing
advances that have been made and then look to the future what does the next 70
years look like. What can we expect to happen in technology and how is it going
to impact our care. So the NHS was founded in 1948, in 1953 Crick and Watson
discovered DNA and we have led the genomics revolution in our country.1953
it was discovered, in 2000 we were partners in the genome project the whole
mapping of the first human genome and the really exciting thing in 2018, now, is
that later this year we'll become the first country to roll out whole genome
screening to our population for cancer and for rare diseases.
Today in the NHS we're utilising the technology that most of us are carrying around in our pockets,
that computing power, and here I have a great example of it, this is the AliveCor and these two little electrodes that are placed on the back of it clips
on to the back of your phone can measure your ECG and we have rolled this out
nationally in our country to use in primary care centres, to use in community
settings for patients to come along you place your fingers on the back of the
phone like this and it will recall your ECG and it will show you if you have a
normal, or an abnormal, rhythm. We know from various studies that have been done
about 40% of elderly patients who are admitted to hospital are dehydrated, so
how can we promote staying well hydrated? Well this is a little cup called the
Droplet Cup and down at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton the NHS there have
been trialing and have now rolled out this cup. And what it does, it has a
little flashing light on the bottom that if you haven't had a
drink for 20 minutes the light will flash and remind you to take a drink.
Also your relatives and loved ones can record a little message on it that might
say "mum you haven't had a drink for a while just have a bit more water now" and
can help promote people drinking more. Moving away from this one-size-fits-all
approach we've had to medicine in the first 70 years of the NHS, to a very
personalised and bespoke health care system for the individual that's right
for them, for who they are, for the sorts of things they want, for them in their
lives moving forward. So in 1948 when the Health Service was founded, this country
undertook the largest social innovation of the modern era the delivery of
universal health care to our population. But as we look forward to the next 70
years in health care the challenge is for us to lead again. In how can we bring all
that latest greatest proven technology that's going to make a difference to
patients' care and bring it together in a way that empowers our patients and
citizens to get more and more involved in their health care.

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