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Current regulatory challenges to support the spread of digital health technologies: CHIR Report

Srivastava, Divya ORCID: 0000-0001-5135-3592, Scarbrough, Harry and Stavropoulou, Charitini (2020) Current regulatory challenges to support the spread of digital health technologies: CHIR Report. CHIR Reports. Centre for Healthcare Innovation Research, City, University of London, London, UK.

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The application of digital technology to healthcare applications has produced a torrent of digital innovations, which are spread across every area of healthcare. The number and range of these innovations creates a huge challenge for regulators whose procedures and expertise are geared to more conventional applications of technology. This paper examines the current regulatory environment in the United Kingdom with a focus on England relating to digital health technologies and sets out the key issues and opportunities to support the spread of digital health technologies at scale. The paper first describes that there have been a number of policy-making bodies in the regulatory space working in silos without clear central steer. This arrangement has led to unclear messaging for innovators on what is required to bring a digital health technology to market. Second, while recent initiatives are under way towards increased coordination on development, it remains to be seen whether this improves coordination and spread of such innovations. Third, there remains a lack of policy focus on downstream deployment. This will require a collaborative model with new ways of working for regulators, policy-makers, heath care professionals, patients and health service researchers to address these challenges at pace.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
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Additional Information: © 2020 The Author(s)
Divisions: Health Policy
Social Policy
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2024 15:27
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 13:36

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