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Care integration and shared services among Socitm 2017 focuses

Neil Merrett Published 03 January 2017

Organisation sets out core areas for its research over next 12 months to build on member concerns around security and open systems implementation


Public sector IT managers group Socitm has set out it research focus for the year ahead with health and social care integration and a wider focus on secure, shared systems among the expected key commitments.

Over the next twelve months, the organisation said it plans to build on findings conducted during 2016 that signalled a need for improvements in developing skills and capacity with regard to IT management and leadership.

“One of the themes to emerge strongly from research with Socitm members in 2016 is the imperative for the sector to grow its own skills for the future, especially in areas like cyber security and digital transformation leadership. Embracing diversity is likely to be a key part of this,” Socitm noted.

Infrastructure was also highlighted as an important development in the support of shared public services. Soctim has therefore committed to an upcoming research project in this area that is expected to consider effective broadband connectivity and the establishment of the Health and Social Care Network, as well as more open systems.

Other research planned will look to update the group’s information assurance and cyber resilience management guidance and further focuses on the potential for smart places.

During the Socitm conference held in Milton Keynes last October, Geoff Snelson, strategy director for the city’s council, argued there was presently insufficient evidence around the impacts on public sector efficiency from introducing and investing in sensor and other smart place technologies.

Snelson, who helps head up projects such as the council's smart city programme that aims to introduce an expanding city-wide Internet of Things (IoT) network said at the time that there were discussions ongoing nationally about being better able to engage the wider public sector with such initiatives.

“There are business models and service efficiencies that can be derived from deployment of sensors and other technology, but mostly there isn’t sufficient evidence of the impact for people to be able to take the decision to invest to deploy these things at scale,” said Snelson.

Smart city projects and their viability in transforming or supporting public sector services will be among a number of focuse areas for Government Computing in 2017.  A wider list of some of the key upcoming topics for coverage over the next five months can be viewed here.

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