Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock’s speech at NHS Expo 2018

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock’s speech at NHS Expo 2018

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock’s speech at NHS Expo 2018
 

All around us, a new generation of technology is changing all of our lives. From the mundane but useful, like the ubiquity of satnavs that stop family arguments and warn us of traffic jams, to the profound and extraordinary, like the ability of genomics to design drugs for each individual.

I started my working life in a tech business. My first job was solving the Millennium Bug in a start-up that takes postcodes and turns them into addresses – you may have used it to speed up your online shopping.

And I’ve spent most of my Ministerial career driving the proper use of digital technology. From transformation of parts of government technology, to promoting the use of technology across the economy, to legislating to protect us from the new risks it brings, to child safety and privacy.

Now I intend to bring that knowledge and experience, and frankly my unsurpassable enthusiasm for tech to Britain’s health and social care system.

It’s great to be in the company of so many here who feel the same. So much amazing innovation.

And boy do we need it.

I love the NHS. It’s been there for me – as it’s been there for us all – at some of the most difficult moments in my life. The NHS has saved the lives of my close family, and has cared for family and friends in their hour of need. I want the best for the NHS, and will do all I can to make that happen. We are increasing the NHS budget by £20 billion by 2023 to 2024, to guarantee the NHS for the long term. But money alone is not enough. We need to make the most of that money.

And the NHS is at the same moment the world’s biggest opportunity for saving lives through modern technology, and the world’s most frustrating place to work for its IT. The power of genomics plus AI to use the NHS’s data to save lives is literally greater than anywhere else on the planet. Yet our hospitals operate dozens of systems each, that don’t talk to each other. GPs, social care, pharmacies and community care are on different systems.

 

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