The choice to become Digital may not be yours to make for much longer.

It’s all over the news. The UK’s NHS has just released their ‘Long-Term Plan’ and, as can be expected, has been making headlines for the past week. In fact, 2019 holds a lot in store for the UK amidst Brexit, changes in regulations in March / April this year, the increase of the national minimum wage. It stands to reason that business owners are increasingly cautious about what their business will look like at the end of this year.

But one thing’s for certain – there are changes a foot – and the NHS is just demonstrating the start of that.

For years now, certain sectors have been traditionally archaic in the way they do business, function operationally, innovate and employ. We’ve touched on a few of these in recent blogs – and in particular, we refer to the Construction, Mining and Oil & Gas sectors. But just as quickly as one assumes under-productivity and non-movement on business-critical changes, just as quickly we’re seeing sectors being disrupted, and now adapting to new ways of working – all through embracing digital, and making innovation a pivotal part of their success.

The NHS, one of the UK’s largest employers, has traditionally been slated for being steeped in bureaucratic process to such a degree that hampers employees and even may even harm patients. But with the launch of their plan this week, there too seem to be changes afoot. We bring your attention to Chapter 5: Digitally-enabled care that aims to go mainstream across the NHS. Case in point: Digitising the NHS.

“Technology has changed and public expectation has changed with it. Digitising the health service is no longer simply about improving the efficiency of its day-to-day mechanics or about ensuring information flows to support planning and financial management. The public we serve expect to interact digitally for the services they receive, why shouldn’t they, they do it in all other aspects of their lives. We have passed the point where by providing services ‘online’ is considered a value-add, it is simply the norm. This public expectation has to be welcomed as it brings huge opportunity with it.”

Andy Kinnear – Chair of the BCS Health & Care Executive

Granted, digitising the NHS is expected to cost up to £13bn over the next 5 years, what used to seem almost impossible, is now being implemented. In fact, it’s being driven by Government. And it’s not just the NHS that’s in the proverbial Digital Line of Fire.

In April this year, the HMRC launches their Making Tax Digital campaign, a drive to become one of the most digitally-advanced tax administrations in the world. As of 1 April this year, for a large number of UK businesses, maintenance of paper records will cease to meet the legal requirements in tax legislation and businesses affected by this new legislation will be required to maintain digital accounting records. Another move towards a new way of doing things.

And if you happen to find yourself in one of those traditionally stoic, conservative, slightly pragmatic sectors that are renowned for unnecessary paperwork, inefficient operations, inability to adapt to new trends and customer demands, then this is for you.

The world is changing. Working more efficiently is becoming priority number 1. Innovation is no longer a buzzword – but an integral part of day-to-day function. If you’re not already thinking about new ways to deliver, to earn, to create – then you’re at risk of having the luxury of time ripped out from underneath your spreadsheet environment.

Why not make 2019 the year that you decide to change your organisation. There’s potential ahead – if you just take the first step.

Talk to us today about growing your organisation for a new, digital, economy.