Using digital technologies to prevent stroke

Case study

Catherine Mitchell

04 January 2022


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, supported by Health Education England, is delivering a 12-month programme of work to increase awareness amongst NHS finance staff about digital healthcare technologies, and enable finance to take an active role in supporting the use of digital technology to transform services and drive value and efficiency. 

As part of the programme, the HFMA is publishing a series of case studies. Working with organisations who have started on the digital transformation journey, we will identify examples of good practice and highlight the challenges that services face. This will include specific challenges relating to NHS finance.

This case study describes how Harefield Hospital has re-designed the pathway for patients with atrial fibrillation. Digital technology has supported the development of an innovative community pharmacy-based service to improve the detection and treatment of atrial fibrillation, and thus reduce the number of people having a stroke.

To find out more about HFMA’s Delivering value with digital technologies programme, click here.

If you have examples of digital transformation to share, please contact Catherine Mitchell, head of costing and value at the HFMA.



Using digital technologies to prevent stroke

January 2022 (PDF 417KB)

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