NHSX is the new joint organisation for digital, data and technology. Its mission statement is to make sure patients and staff have the digital technology they need.
The new body's responsibilities include:
- Supporting the use of new technologies by the NHS, both by working with industry and via its own prototyping and development capability.
- Setting national policy and developing best practice for NHS technology, digital and data – including data-sharing and transparency.
- Setting standards – developing, agreeing and mandating clear standards for the use of technology in the NHS.
- Ensuring that NHS systems talk to each other across the health and care system.
- Helping to improve clinical care by delivering agile, user-focused projects.
- Ensuring that common technologies and services, including the NHS App, are designed so that trusts and surgeries do not have to reinvent the wheel each time.
- Making sure that all source code is open by default so that anyone who wants to write code for the NHS can see what the service needs.
- Reforming procurement – helping the NHS buy the right technology through the application of technology standards, streamlined spend controls and new procurement frameworks that support NHS standards.
- Setting national strategy and mandating cyber security standards, so that NHS and social care systems have security designed in from the start.
- Championing and developing digital training, skills and culture so NHS staff are digital-ready.
- Delivering an efficient process for technology spend, domain name management and website security.
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