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Embarking on Digital Transformation: Guidance for the National Health Service

by Chelsea Barone

The National Health Service (NHS) is embarking on one of the largest digital transformation projects ever initiated by a public sector organisation. Designed to deliver next-generation IT solutions, this digital transformation will touch every part of the organisation and enable hospitals and doctors to deliver a more cost-effective, higher standard of care and better patient outcomes.

We checked in with Paul Parker, Chief Technologist for Federal and National Government at SolarWinds, to see what advice he could offer NHS IT leaders as they embark on this transformation. Parker praised the NHS’s Cloud First policy, but reminded us that in healthcare, in particular, there will always be a mixture of on-premises and cloud-based solutions because of the need for varying levels of data privacy and protection that are unique to healthcare providers.

To determine how to best take advantage of cloud-based solutions and build an effective hybrid IT environment, Parker suggested a three part approach to digital transformation starting with discovery and then building a timeline to reach a defined goal. In following this model, it’s easier to avoid scope creep, budget bloat, and the other pitfalls of an enterprise-level digital transformation.

Find out what other sage advice Parker has to offer in the short video below:

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