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The paper entitled "Prevention is better than cure. Our vision to help you live well for longer" describes the UK government's vision for targeted preventative interventions, empowering and facilitating people with regards to their health and harnessing modern technology. It outlines a goal of improving healthy, independent life by at least five additional years before 2035 through these and other means.
 
Technology is seen as significant moving forwards in prevention with the paper noting: "It also allows us to target support far better to those that need it most." and in more detail the section entitled "The Future of Healthcare: our vision for digital, data and technology" explains "Over the next ten years, digital services will become even more widespread, and the first point of contact for many. The management of health will move out of clinical settings, and into the hands of people. Devices and applications will provide guidance and support around the clock. To reach this potential, we need to get the basics right: personal data security, the digital architecture of the health and social care system, open data standards, secure identity services, and improved interoperability. This will allow people to use their personal health data for prevention, as well as enabling developers to build products and services that meet the needs of users. The aim is to become a global leader in health technology, and to create a thriving ecosystem of innovation. "
 
Predictive prevention is to be optomised with the paper noting "We want to have the most advanced healthcare system in the world - so as part of our long-term plan for a 21st century health and social care system, the way we view public health must evolve. Moving to the next phase means a more intelligent and personalised approach to improve the health of the nation." and " Predictive prevention will transform public health by harnessing digital technology and personal data - appropriately safeguarded - to prevent people becoming patients. The availability of public data, combined with the existing understanding of wider determinants of health, means we can use digital tools to better identify risks and then help the behaviours of people most in need - before they become patients."
 
This paper concludes "Prevention and supporting good health matters at every stage of life. It matters in the decisions taken by our parents before we are born, and in decisions we make throughout our lives. If we embrace opportunities to live well, we maximise our chances of a long, happy and fulfilled life."
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