Health Services: Digital Technology

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 25th July 2018.

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Photo of Steve Double Steve Double Conservative, St Austell and Newquay

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what models for the reimbursement of providers of digital health solutions he is assessing in order to increase the availability of such solutions.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Department welcomes the variety of digital health solutions being developed for patients and the public along with the innovation in their commercial models. We are keen to increase their use to improve health and care more quickly.

Health and social care organisations are able to choose digital health solutions that meet their needs, subject to national standards/frameworks.

NHS England has advised that it is working with partners, such as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and the Academic Health Science Networks to consider options on who should pay for digital health solutions at national, regional or local levels, including options for reimbursement, taking into account the product’s clinical safety, economic effectiveness and cost to the National Health Service.

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