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Driving digital health transformation in hospitals: a formative qualitative evaluation of the English Global Digital Exemplar programme

Krasuska, M; Williams, R; Sheikh, A; Franklin, B; Hinder, S; TheNguyen, H; Lane, W; ... Cresswell, K; + view all (2021) Driving digital health transformation in hospitals: a formative qualitative evaluation of the English Global Digital Exemplar programme. BMJ Health & Care Informatics , 28 (1) , Article e100429. 10.1136/bmjhci-2021-100429. Green open access

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Abstract

Background: There is currently a strong drive internationally towards creating digitally advanced healthcare systems through coordinated efforts at a national level. The English Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) programme is a large-scale national health information technology change programme aiming to promote digitally-enabled transformation in secondary healthcare provider organisations by supporting relatively digitally mature provider organisations to become international centres of excellence. // Aim: To qualitatively evaluate the impact of the GDE programme in promoting digital transformation in provider organisations that took part in the programme. // Methods: We conducted a series of in-depth case studies in 12 purposively selected provider organisations and a further 24 wider case studies of the remaining organisations participating in the GDE programme. Data collected included 628 interviews, non-participant observations of 190 meetings and workshops and analysis of 9 documents. We used thematic analysis aided by NVivo software and drew on sociotechnical theory to analyse the data. // Results: We found the GDE programme accelerated digital transformation within participating provider organisations. This acceleration was triggered by: (1) dedicated funding and the associated requirement for matched internal funding, which in turn helped to prioritise digital transformation locally; (2) governance requirements put in place by the programme that helped strengthen existing local governance and project management structures and supported the emergence of a cadre of clinical health informatics leaders locally; and (3) reputational benefits associated with being recognised as a centre of digital excellence, which facilitated organisational buy-in for digital transformation and increased negotiating power with vendors. // Conclusion: The GDE programme has been successful in accelerating digital transformation in participating provider organisations. Large-scale digital transformation programmes in healthcare can stimulate local progress through protected funding, putting in place governance structures and leveraging reputational benefits for participating provider organisations, around a coherent vision of transformation.

Type: Article
Title: Driving digital health transformation in hospitals: a formative qualitative evaluation of the English Global Digital Exemplar programme
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1136/bmjhci-2021-100429
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjhci-2021-100429
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) license.
Keywords: health information systems, program evaluation, Delivery of Health Care, Health Facilities, Health Personnel, Hospitals, Humans, National Health Programs
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > UCL School of Pharmacy
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > UCL School of Pharmacy > Practice and Policy
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Health Informatics
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Health Informatics > CHIME
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10141020
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