Digital engagement and technology can give patients and citizens more control over their health and well-being, empowering carers, reducing the administrative burden for care professionals and supporting the development of new medicines and treatments.

The Internet of Things (IoT) supports wearables, sensors and devices in the home that can protect, monitor and diagnose, providing significant quantities of data about our bodies and behaviour. Digital apps put power into our own hands to measure and control conditions, track fitness, record pain and promote wellbeing.

Consultations can be delivered via mobile screens, operations can be conducted remotely, thousands of miles away from the patient and treatment plans and pathways can be personalised.

The potential for positive change is enormous, but the ethical questions and challenges that need to be overcome cannot be underestimated.

Corsham’s digital platforms are at the forefront of digital health, currently hosting an estimated 21 Petabytes (1015 bytes) of data for the Genomes Project, being delivered by Genomics England. The work to sequence 100,000 genomes, each one consisting of 3.2bn letters of DNA, involves 1,500 NHS staff and a further 2,500 researchers around the world and is revolutionising our knowledge of 100 rare diseases and 7 common cancers. It’s a digital first that is fundamental to the future of healthcare.

Ci is a partner in the ‘Diabetes Digital Coach’, one of the first NHS Test Beds, led by the West of England Academic Health Science Network, which is pioneering opportunities to work with the IoT, using remote monitoring and coaching technology, for better self-management of diabetes.

Citizens who are digital enabled can now have more control over their health and well-being, carers can be empowered and families kept fully informed of their loved ones’ progress. Digitally enabled care professionals with the right tools and information can deliver the most appropriate care at the right time, providing their patients with the best experience of treatment, care and improved outcomes.

Ci, through its Digital Health Programme, is enabling wide scale debate and critical thinking through Thought Leadership, supporting health and care communities to develop their digital capability and expand capacity, assisting health leaders to unite in a common purpose.

Ci is working at a local and national level to build trusted and ethical digital foundations on which the future of health and care will be delivered.

For more information about our Digital Health Programme please email collaborate@corshaminstitute.org