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NHSX publishes draft Digital Health Technology Standard

    Last month we shared the news that we were supporting NHSX to develop a Digital Health Technology Standard for the life sciences sector, and the draft standard has now been published – find out more below.

    To improve the way the NHS assesses technologies, such as digital health apps and tools, NHSX has developed a draft Digital Health Technology Standard. Based on existing industry and health standards, it aims to streamline and speed up how health technologies are reviewed and commissioned for use by the NHS and social care.

    NHSX, a unit driving forward the digital transformation of health and social care, has created the standard in collaboration with stakeholders across the ecosystem. In line with the NHS Long Term Plan and the Secretary of State’s Technology Vision, it focuses on areas such as user need, privacy and security, interoperability and inclusion.

    An assessment criteria based on these standards will enable external assessors to review digital health technologies and accredit digital health technologies with the agreed standard.

    The proposed standard has been drafted in collaboration with stakeholders from across the health ecosystem. NHSX and its industry engagement partner, MedCity, are looking to gather feedback on the draft standard from a wide range of voices who have an interest in digital health, including developers, clinicians, commissioners, patients and the public, to ensure it is robust, ambitious and attainable.

    The survey is open until 22 April 2020 and the feedback received will directly impact the development of the standard. Complete the survey here.

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