Understanding NHS Digital Technology Assessment Criteria (DTAC) for digital health technologies used in the NHS and social care
In an industry as tightly regulated as healthcare, the introduction of new technology brings about its own set of unique challenges.
Where other industries have been quick to realise the benefits of technology, healthcare has traditionally lagged behind. This can be, at least in part, explained due to concerns around new digital tools not meeting requirements in clinical safety, data protection, technical security, and standards in interoperability, usability and accessibility.
That’s why the NHS introduced the Digital Technology Assessment Criteria (DTAC) back in February 2021, to provide an industry standard for legislation and best practices in these areas.
So what does this mean for an organisation selling digital health technologies into the NHS? How will it affect your working relationship with healthcare clients?
Essentially, the introduction of DTAC means two things. It will provide health tech suppliers with a consistent and proportionate level of framework to follow, meaning lifesaving digital solutions can get to market quicker. For healthcare providers, it will offer much needed reassurance that the technology they use meets strict standards to protect staff, patients and the communities they serve.