The NHS Race & Health Observatory is an independent expert body established by the NHS to examine the health inequalities experienced by Black and minority ethnic communities in England.
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.
Digital tools are a way to empower people and transform the way they receive and engage with health care services. In this way, digital tools contribute to the NHS long term plan commitment to a more concerted and systematic approach to reducing health inequalities and addressing unwarranted variation in care. 'Disruptive innovation' refers to technologies which address an unmet clinical need for the NHS, or which significantly improve current treatment options, and which are likely to be disruptive to current service delivery or lead to a step change in established care pathways in the UK.
The new research that the Observatory is tendering for will look at how Equality Impact Assessments are currently being used with regard to new treatments and disruptive digital innovations in health and social care.