There are national and global moves to improve effective digital data design and application in healthcare. This New Horizons commentary describes the role of digital data in healthcare of the ageing population. We outline how health and social care professionals can engage in the proactive design of digital systems that appropriately serve people as they age, carers and the workforce that supports them.
- Healthcare improvements have resulted in increased population longevity and hence multimorbidity.
- Shared care records to improve communication and information continuity across care settings hold potential for older people.
- Data structure and coding are key considerations.
- A workforce with expertise in caring for older people with relevant knowledge and skills in digital healthcare is important.