UCL Institute of Health Informatics


New Papers on the Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) Programme

13 January 2022

IHI's Henry Potts and team publish new papers on the GDE Programme

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Worldwide, there is a drive to create digitally advanced healthcare systems. The English Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) programme was a large-scale health information technology change programme in secondary healthcare. An evaluation team based at Edinburgh University, but also including UCL's Professors Henry Potts and Bryony Dean Franklin, conducted a series of in-depth case studies in 12 providers and a further 24 wider case studies of the remaining organisations in the GDE programme.

This evaluation found that the GDE programme accelerated digital transformation within participating provider organisations through: (1) dedicated funding and required matched internal funding, which prioritised digital transformation locally; (2) governance requirements put in place by the programme that helped strengthen existing local governance and project management structures and supported the emergence of a cadre of clinical health informatics leaders locally; and (3) reputational benefits associated with being recognised as a centre of digital excellence, which facilitated organisational buy-in for digital transformation and increased negotiating power with vendors.

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If you wish to find out more about the GDE programme, the following paper: "Benefits realization management in the context of a national digital transformation initiative in English provider organizations", explores how benefits realization management was approached and conceptualized in the GDE Programme.

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