Radical efficiency in health

October 6, 2009 at 4:25 pm 1 comment

by John Craig

Alongside the Great Wall of China, I’m pretty sure the NHS is visible from space.  This afternoon I have been working with innovation experts from around government to think about a cross-government IT platform for innovation.  The best way I can understand it is like an Innovation Exchange on steroids.  And predictably, the architecture NHS’s National Innovation Centre is probably the leading piece of work in this space.  For someone working primarily with third sector innovation, the scale of some of this kind of work is staggering.  To appear in the NIC’s Showcase, for example,  innovation projects must have saved the NHS £10m.  That’s an incredibly high bar, but in the context of a £100bn organisation, it’s also an eminently reasonable one.

In the context of one of our most significant current projects, that’s radical efficiency worth getting excited about.  The question we are asking is what would this showcase look like in the context of other services or other service sectors?  If you think have part of the answer – or you need some radical efficiency in your service – please do get in touch.

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  • 1. James Wilks  |  January 11, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Hi John, this sounds interesting would like to hear some more. I work for Bedfordshire PCT looking at how we can use the ‘market’ to drive new provision, stimulate innovation and efficiency in the system.

    Regards, James

    James Wilks
    Head of Market Intelligence
    NHS Bedfordshire
    email: james.wilks@bedfordshire.nhs.uk
    mobile: 07554 437503
    direct: 01234 316674 (internal 6674)

    NHS Bedfordshire
    Second Floor
    The Merton Centre
    45 St Peters Street
    MK40 2PN

    Switchboard: 01234 795714
    Fax: 01234 342028
    Web: http://www.bedfordshire.nhs.uk/


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