The Observatory is committed to commissioning high quality and impactful research into how new digital innovations are impacting ethnic health inequalities. The NHS long term plan makes a commitment to a more concerted and systematic approach to reducing health inequalities and addressing unwarranted variation in care. One of the key enablers identified in the plan is digital tools. These will be a way to empower people and transform the way people receive and engage with health care services.
The Observatory is tendering for new research examining how Equality Impact Assessments are currently being used with regard to new treatments and disruptive digital innovations in health and social care. Disruptive innovation here is defined as a technology which addresses an unmet clinical need for the NHS, or which significantly improves current treatment options, and which is likely to be highly disruptive to current service delivery or lead to a step change in established care pathways in the UK.
More information can be found in the Invitation to Tender PDF document here.