Despite being a world leader in science and technology, the UK is not as effective it should be at translating its huge investment in research into improving health and wealth. At the PHG Foundation, we believe that harnessing innovative technologies will not only create wealth that can help fund the NHS of the future, but also be part of the solution to ameliorating an impending healthcare crisis.

Health innovation manifesto (click to open PDF file)

The new government should

Champion the use of personal data for the public good, subject to appropriate safeguards, and encourage transparency about data sharing and use so that professionals and public understand the potential benefits, risks and uncertainties

Mandate the development of NHS systems for comprehensive data collection, curation and access for clinical purposes, including a national genomic database

Provide incentives for data sharing within the NHS, and put in place proportionate and responsible safeguards e.g. data access agreements, sanctions for breaches and data safe havens

Put in place enabling measures for our health system to evaluate innovations in actual clinical practice quickly, and ensure the most effective are implemented widely across health services, not just in centres of excellence

Provide incentives to encourage the widespread integration of genomics and digital health technologies into mainstream medicine, including prioritisation of genomics education for the healthcare workforce across every clinical specialty

Provide patients with the knowledge and opportunity to make meaningful decisions about their healthcare

Move towards a paradigm of personalised disease prevention to complement existing population-based approaches, building an NHS that supports people to make informed choices about the care that suits them

Educate the public on the impact of genomic medicine on their health choices and engage them in rational debate about the future organisation of health systems

Enable individuals to access new innovations in digital health