Digital connectivity will pave the way for a new era in healthcare

Digital connectivity will pave the way for a new era in healthcare.

Years from now, when we reflect on the millions of healthcare professionals that rose to the challenge to fight Covid-19 with bravery, dedication and courage, will we see the pandemic as a turning point when healthcare truly embraced a digital transformation?

Covid-19 has become a catalyst for change in many ways, accelerating digitalisation across the board.

We’ve seen email, telephone and video consultations replace face-to-face appointments and an explosion in the use of healthcare apps and web platforms to check symptoms, stay informed and find new ways to keep fit and healthy.

GP practices and hospitals in Milton Keyes and indeed, nationwide, have adapted with incredible agility to provide crucial services.

But is our infrastructure up to the challenge of further digitalisation across the entire health service?

Full Fibre – a foundation for digital transformation

The Government has made levelling up connectivity across the country a key part of its ambitions.

With the UK set to have 80% of the country covered by gigabit-capable broadband by 2025, now is the time for those within the healthcare industry to start thinking about what this could potentially unlock for them.

Innovation in this space is already unlocking many new insights into healthcare.

Harnessing analytics, for example, is already proving invaluable in the diagnosis and treatment of various illnesses.

Building a digital future

CityFibre are hard at work to bring full fibre to towns and cities across the UK, including right here in Milton Keynes.

We know that change is constant, and that what we rely on today in terms of infrastructure will not be sufficient in the decades, years, even months that lie ahead.

The UK Government’s current aim is for every NHS hospital, GP practice and community care service to gain access to full fibre broadband.

CityFibre have already helped Milton Keynes University Hospital (MKUH) make the switch.

Ultimately, their aim is for full fibre to be the standard communications infrastructure across the UK; not just for public services, but for citizens and businesses too.

To find out more or register an interest in the full fibre broadband service, go to www.cityfibre.com/celebratemk

This feature was published in the August/September 2021 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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