Digital technologies such as digital medicine, genomics, artificial intelligence and robotics have a huge potential to transform the delivery of healthcare. These technologies can empower patients to participate actively in their care, with a greater focus on wellbeing and prevention. They also support the prediction of individual disease risk and personalise the management of long-term conditions.
The HFMA's programme of work started in 2021, aiming to increase awareness amongst NHS finance staff about digital healthcare technologies, so that finance staff can take an active role in supporting the use of digital technology to transform services and drive value and efficiency.
The HFMA’s Digital Council oversees this work programme. The HFMA and NHS Digital Academy are working in partnership to provide a range of resources and tools that can raise the profile of this area of work to drive across patient services.
The programme includes briefings, roundtables, the Delivering Value with Digital Technologies Award, case studies, blogs, events, webinars, HFMA bitesize modules and much more. Read on to find out more.
Digital technologies resources map
This map is a tool that supports good practice in delivering value with digital technology. Primarily aimed at finance teams who are supporting developments in their organisations, the map will also help clinical and informatics teams who want to understand how to make the case for digital investment.
HFMA bitesize online courses (free to NHS staff)
This map brings together tools and resources that will be useful to finance teams supporting digital transformation within their own organisations.
Dorset Intelligence and Insight Service has been set up to enable people working across the health and social care network to access digital tools.
This case study describes Alder Hey’s model for innovation, identifying the key factors that make it a success.
The briefing sets out the process that NHS bodies and their auditors follow when determining the appropriate accounting treatment.
This case study describes a radio-frequency identification (RFID) system tracks medical assets.
Explore how Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust approached making better use of the information held in their clinical systems.
This case study describes how digital technology can improve access to pulmonary rehabilitation as a treatment for chronic lung conditions.
This briefing focuses on identifying and realising benefits for digital transformation.
This case study describes how research teams from two biomedical research centres in London have used natural language processing AI.
HFMAtalk podcast episodes
Episode 48 of the HFMAtalk podcast, 'How digital technology can help the NHS overcome its challenges'.
Episode 43 of the HFMAtalk podcast, 'The MedTech funding mandate and removing barriers to innovation'.
HFMA virtual 2022 event: delivering value with digital technologies
Video of Health Education England opening remarks at the HFMA delivering value with digital technologies virtual 2022 event.
Video of the 'Using digital technologies to prevent stroke' session at the HFMA delivering value with digital technologies virtual 2022 event.
Video of the 'What does a successful digital business case look like?' session at the HFMA delivering value with digital technologies virtual 2022 event.
Video of the 'Working together to deliver digital transformation' panel session at the HFMA delivering value with digital technologies virtual 2022 event.
HFMA virtual 2023 event: delivering value with digital technologies
Clinicians, finance staff and informatics professionals came to consider how digital technologies such as AI can transform services and drive value.
News, articles and blogs
Digital solutions can help deliver the NHS’s quadruple aim, but staff need the right skills to take advantage of these opportunities.
The digital agenda is increasingly important to NHS trusts.
An HFMA roundtable, supported by Optum UK, said the NHS needs to improve digital business cases and fix an imperfect allocation and approval process.
The new Diagnostics recovery and transformation strategy was a key objective in last year’s planned care transformation plan.
NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) has won the contract to deliver the next generation of the integrated single financial environment (ISFE), whic
A round-up of recent technical developments
The NHS is data rich, but it needs to be analysed and acted upon if the service is to extract its full value.
A recent HFMA study tour to the Netherlands discovered some approaches that could have some application in the NHS.
Standardised finance systems could improve the quality of financial reporting across the NHS.
Telemedicine and telehealth show real potential to make significant contributions to the QIPP agenda if they can be realised at scale
Health and social care secretary Sajid Javid has said he will ‘refuse to countenance’ failure to increase NHS productivity and reduce demand.
Digital technology not only has the power to transform patient care, but it could also drive enormous productivity and efficiency gains in the NHS.
Education and events
The procurement forum will bring together finance and procurement-based colleagues to explore the benefits of joint working and best practie
As part of the HFMA's programme of work this event is aiming to increase awareness amongst NHS finance staff about digital healthcare technologies
Dr O’Connor explores the opportunities and threats presented by the growing prevalence of AI technologies in healthcare settings
To help finance professionals engage with their clinical and information technology colleagues, we are establishing a digital network open to anyone with an interest in the digital agenda. The network will be kept informed of the work that we are doing in relation to digital, but will also be invited to networking calls.
The networking calls will be held monthly to allow staff to raise issues and highlight good practice. Initially, we do not intend to have an agenda or minutes for these calls as they will be a discussion forum. However, we will keep that under review.