Explore the Art of the Possible

Explore the art of the possible with a workshop from UKCloud Health, specifically designed to help healthcare software providers develop a cloud proposition aligned to the Health and Social Care Cloud Security good practice guide, and ICO guidance on GDPR.

  • Improve service continuity and speed to revenue by reducing reliance on NHS Internal IT for delivery, support and maintenance of your applications
  • Accelerate development and simplify delivery and support processes by harnessing standardised cloud infrastructure components, orchestration tools and DevOps methodologies
  • Take control of the ‘full stack’ – realising new revenue streams through cloud infrastructure management and support services, and reducing cost of sale by leveraging open source technologies
  • Our cloud workshop is free of charge for healthcare ISV partners

Are you looking to revolutionise how your software solutions are provided to the NHS through the introduction of new cloud services, but not sure how? A UKCloud Health workshop will help you understand the fundamental principles of how cloud infrastructure services can be harnessed to deliver your software in the cloud as a fully managed service.

Over the past decade, the NHS IT infrastructure landscape has been characterised by the local provision of IT infrastructure within NHS premises. Although software providers specify the warranted requirements for infrastructure, operating systems and databases, they rely on NHS IT departments to buy, build, manage and support the infrastructure and middleware components that their software runs on. NHS teams are then responsible for designing and managing non-functional services like backups and security, and ensuring the resilience and overall availability of the application.

This market is changing. NHS budgets are under pressure, IT teams are stretched, infrastructure is aging and the threat of cyber-attacks has become more obvious. There’s also universal recognition that technology is the key enabler for a more sustainable healthcare system designed for greater data mobility and intelligence, and to engage the population by enabling citizens to play an active role in the prevention and treatment of illness and disease. To benefit from these rapidly emerging technologies, NHS IT needs to become more agile and therefore it is no surprise that some NHS organisations have been looking to cloud services to reduce the size and complexity of their internal IT estate, and make a start on their journey to cloud.

In January 2018 central NHS organisations published guidance about the use of public cloud services, reinforcing that cloud will become central to an agile NHS IT and Data strategy. Although over time we expect some NHS organisations to move their entire IT estate to the cloud or to a hybrid-cloud, for the next few years we expect the majority of cloud adoption to take place via the software provider community who are being asked to provide a ‘fully managed service’ or in some cases ‘Software as a Service’.

This change represents both an opportunity and a risk for healthcare software providers. On one hand, providing software from the cloud offers many advantages to the software provider. When managed properly, cloud will provide a standardised infrastructure environment that can be rapidly provisioned, on-demand, and works seamlessly with continuous integration and deployment tools. This creates an opportunity to bring developers and operations teams together into integrated teams that begin to treat infrastructure as code – automating the provisioning and management of infrastructure with orchestration and configuration management tools. This will have massive benefits across the product development lifecycle, operations and support functions, improving speed to market for new innovations.

On the other hand, cloud makes it easier for disruptors and new providers to enter the market which will increase competition and innovation across the sector. This is positive for the NHS and the wider industry, but established healthcare software providers will have to navigate technical debt and commercial incumbency at the same time as transforming their business. Executing a cloud strategy will require a culture shift and investment in new ways of working right across the business. As well as defining the strategy, this includes redesigning their commercial model, training and upskilling technical and operations staff and hiring additional personnel or a consultancy to inject the necessary expertise to move at pace.

Software providers that successfully transition to a service business model will flourish and create new revenue streams as they get a bigger share of the spend on the end-to-end solutions that are packaged within the fully managed software service. Profitability will increase as they continuously improve their service delivery model and reach economies of scale.