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Oxford AHSN leads national digital health initiative

Oxford Academic Health Science Network has secured a contract with NHS England to develop and support a learning network across the Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) programme – the government’s initiative to create a network of world class organisations which support high quality care with digital technology.

The GDE programme focuses funding on those hospital and mental health trusts that already have a high degree of digital capability and capacity.

The network will be tasked with enabling information sharing and learning to be transferred between the sites and across the wider health system; improving efficiency, productivity, and quality through optimising working practices.

Working in partnership with NHS Arden & GEM Commissioning Support Unit (Arden & GEM), Oxford AHSN will be responsible for the initial setup, leadership and facilitation of a learning network across the sites involved in the GDE programme.

This project builds on Oxford AHSN’s current role undertaking the baseline evaluation for the GDE programme, in partnership with Arden & GEM Optimity Advisers.

Dr Nick Scott-Ram, Director of Commercial Development at Oxford AHSN, said: “The Global Digital Exemplar programme is a key component of the NHS digital health strategy. We are delighted to be supporting the learning network across the designated sites to accelerate learning and best practice.

“We are very pleased to be working with NHS England and Arden & GEM on this project.”

The contract begins in March 2017 and runs for the first 12 months of the GDE programme, with the principal aim being to enable the dissemination and sharing of existing, new and future learning.

The 12 initial trusts selected for the GDE programme included Oxford University Hospitals. Seven mental health GDEs were added on 31 March 2017. These included two further Oxford AHSN partners: Berkshire Healthcare and Oxford Health.

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