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Adopters' guides- Adopters’ guide: how to use this website

This website helps adopters planning to buy or commission the development of a digital technology for use in health or social care. Adopters include providers and commissioners of:

  • social care
  • NHS services including primary care, secondary care, community care and mental health services
  • independent healthcare services

The digital healthcare technology might be software as a medical device, artificial intelligence or any other data-driven technology.

The website maps the regulations and guidance that may apply to using the technology in your service. So, you can use it to check you are doing the right things at the right times.

You need to be sure a digital technology is the right solution to your problem. To help you make a well-informed decision about adopting a digital technology, the website takes you through 5 steps:

  • identifying the problem
  • assessing the right digital technology to use
  • planning for implementation
  • using the technology
  • being aware of regulations that govern the use of data

Each step explains why the guidance is important and whether it is a legal requirement or best practice. Following these steps gives you the best chance of achieving the outcomes you want for your service.

To get started, see the regulations and guidance for adopters.