The draft standard has been created in collaboration with stakeholders from across the digital health system, consolidating existing industry and health standards. It forms part of a NHSX’s wider programme of work to accelerate how health technologies are reviewed, commissioned and scaled for use across the wider health and care system, and to provide clearer guidance to support digital health technology developers.
NHSX’s consultation is welcome news and follows a number of listening events that it has run over the past year to find out what patients, staff and digital health innovators want from technology in the NHS. The NHS Long Term Plan and the Secretary of State’s Technology Vision sets the foundation for new digital services focused on user need, privacy and security, interoperability and inclusion.
What’s in the draft standard
NHSX’s draft standard encompasses 10 core components covering: efficacy, safety, security, data protection, robustness, stability, interoperability, usability, accessibility and responsibility. Each component is clearly underpinned by a rationale and guidance is set out to explain what key issues must be met and what action developers need to take – and supporting these standards will be a clear process for reviewing, assessing and evaluating digital health technologies that claim to meet this standard.
Share your feedback by Wednesday 22 April 2020
NHSX is keen to hear from all stakeholders, recognising that it needs to co-develop the standard with those who have an interest in digital technology, including developers, clinicians, commissioners and patient groups to ensure it is “robust, ambitious and attainable”. The standard will be published in summer 2020 following which it will be updated on an annual basis.
You can complete the survey here – it should only take 15 minutes!