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Digital Working Party – Issue 943

By September 9, 2021September 17th, 2021No Comments

Digital Working Party Meeting

BIVDA held our Digital working party on Wednesday 8 September.

The meeting focused on how BIVDA can support members through delivering and developing Data Strategy. A detailed presentation was provided by Daniel Maud, our Vice-Chair which concentrated on what data is and how companies can understand and develop their strategies.

In May, BIVDA published an Industry paper “The Digital Revolution” which promoted the membership view about how the pandemic experience could be used to move data and infrastructure forward in terms of public health.

We discussed how the strategic paper aligned with the NHS.

The NHS strategy puts a lot of focus on adult social care, staff training in terms of data and there are considerable crossovers on areas such as the digitisation of medical records, data transparency, improved and more connected regulatory approaches.

Innovators are mentioned by the NHS strategy and BIVDA points out that processes such as accessibility to samples are rendered difficult due to factors such as ‘excessive process and paperwork, unclear ethical guidance and a restrictive regulatory landscape’.

Interoperability and shared data access are points noted in both strategy documents.

NHS strategy mentions tools that are internal to the Service, including NHSmail for information sharing between colleagues, along with internal objectives such as adoption of digital social care records.

Artificial Intelligence is an area that BIVDA could perhaps have addressed further, Cloud technology along with innovative data research and staff training guidance.

BIVDA’s paper is more pandemic-focused, addressing Lateral Flow Devices and methods of providing test results (ID registration, QR codes etc). NHS’s strategy is more inward-looking at its own structuring.

“Create at-scale data assets that bring together data types to develop new tools for diagnostics and prevention” – a key point in the NHS strategy, to be built upon by BIVDA through future engagement.

Centres of Excellence, cyber-security, synthetic data, data layers, best-practice, data standards roadmaps are points that BIVDA can address in future.

BIVDA addresses healthcare costs, a focus on prevention rather than treatment and ethical considerations in more detail than the NHS strategy.

The first section of the NHS strategy (‘Bringing People Closer to their Data’) appears to be the most relevant in terms of crossover on both strategy papers.

Digital data utilisation regarding AMR is an area BIVDA could produce further textual material on as this issue re-emerges after the pandemic.

However, it is important to understand that the majority of the NHS Data strategy sections are not covered by the Digital Revolution paper, and members are strongly encouraged to register to this working group if they produce or manage any data with the NHS.

The group agreed to draft and issue a confidential questionnaire to all member companies to ascertain the position and understand how to get to the individuals within member companies included within this group as there is a lot of work and changes in this field which will be relevant to the majority of members.

To finish, we had a presentation from NHS Digital about interoperability engagement and are happy to say that they will be working with BIVDA and our members closely moving forwards.

Minutes, presentations and the questionnaire will be produced shortly.


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