The NHS Confederation Conference 2015 provided a great opportunity for IPSNP to talk about Hydra with NHS leaders. Breakout sessions included ‘Digitally transforming the patient journey’, ‘Towards the digital hospital’ and ‘Breaking down boundaries: Integrating records to integrate care’. All sessions sought to highlight both best practice in the application of technology in clinical care, but also the significant gulf which remains between that which is possible and that which is entering into everyday care settings.

NHS Leaders talked about: The significant investment involved in deploying a comprehensive electronic health records (EHR), the challenges implied, both political (local) and technological in getting systems to talk to each other and the inflexibility of current EHRs when it comes to customisation. NHS Leaders I spoke to reacted with interest to what Hydra products can offer. ‘No need to boil the ocean’ as we say at IPSNiP.

The Secretary of State and Simon Stevens both described plans to develop the 7 day NHS. NHS Leaders wonder how this is to be delivered given the implied staffing levels that must be met against a back drop of continuing real terms reductions in health spending and significant shortages of key staff. While a real 7 day NHS will take time to construct, technologies such as Hydra are able to play a critical role in helping NHS leaders to provide 24/7 surveillance to address mortality rates that seem to be associated with the current service model.

There were sessions on new models of care and updates on the progress being made in so called vanguard health economies. The challenge of obtaining data from across traditional organisational boundaries was a significant talking point. The development of actionable health intelligence will be crucial to the success of multi-specialty community providers. This is a setting in which Hydra can excel, IPSNiP has started to look for pilot deployments as part of these new models of care.