The Tories could arguably be considered the political party for technology. Under its lead, the previous government helped kindle the growth of Tech City, pushed out superfast broadband and created an environment where technology startups have thrived in London and beyond.
Technology featured heavily in the Conservative Party manifesto, with a commitment to 5G and other digital initiatives, helping to paint the party as a promising proposition for the technology industry.
Chancellor George Osbourne touted initiatives that will affect the technology industry, but issues such as public sector digital transformation, IT skills and government-as-a-platform were nowhere to be seen.
I believe this is a damming indication that the Tories might not be as pro-technology as they presented themselves. And this might just be one of the biggest threats to the public sector and most notably the NHS.
I recently attended a presentation detailing the IT transformation of Cambridge Hospitals University NHS Trust, aided by HP, where the Trust overhauled its legacy IT systems and paper-based processes to become a digital organisation aided by mobile hardware and easily accessed data.
This IT overhaul may have cost £20m but the efficiency gains and cost savings more than justified the price. The Trust could save a massive £77,000 a year simply by cutting out the amount of paper being used, while getting a medical note digitally can save £115,000 per quarter.
Savings aside, the Trust also pointed out how medical staff can carry out better patient care by having direct access to the patient information they need, as well as having the option to access hospital systems remotely, thereby delivering care remotely and supporting better staff efficiency.
Such an undertaking took time, effort and strong leadership, but yielded a much more efficient and effective healthcare organisation, thanks to replacing old hardware, rather than adding pressure on clinicians or contracting care out to private companies.
I, among others, am adamant that shifting the NHS from analogue systems to digital services will radically overhaul the healthcare service for the better.
Moreover, I think it is the only way the NHS can meet its £20bn of efficiency savings without dramatically reducing the level of care or effectively dismantling the service.
Regular reports show the NHS coming under pressure to care for a growing and ageing population, so much so that some have said it cannot survive unless it becomes more efficient. That will involve modern technology or a move to decline care to some people, which would kill the concept of a national health service just as fast.
The NHS may be facing a huge task in making vast efficiency savings, so an expensive overhaul of the entire service might seem like a ludicrous proposition to the Treasury. But, hefty short-term spending could yield major long-term savings in not just money but lives.
And it is here that the stumbling block appears. If public sector technology is down the pecking order of the government agenda, a digital transformation of the NHS is not likely to be on the periphery of MPs' attentions either.
This worries me. I saw how Labour and Lib Dem supporters erupted in a furore of rage and despair when the Tories emerged victorious from the General Election, but I was not convinced that the foreshadowing of the end of the NHS that many posted to Twitter needed to be taken seriously.
Now I'm not so sure. In fact I'm genuinely concerned that over the next five years we could see the beginnings of the end for a world-renowned healthcare service, despite having the technology easily available to save it.
Perhaps my concerns may be unfounded and the £10bn the government has allocated to the NHS will be used to shift it into the digital age rather than farm out care to the private sector.
But thus far it appears that Tory ministers and MPs are more concerned with the pointless and despicable return of fox hunting, than saving a service that helps the privileged and vulnerable alike.
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