Health secretary Jeremy Hunt announced earlier this week that more than £4 billion will be invested to bring modern technology into the NHS. It is
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thought that £1.8bn will be set aside to digitise records, removing the reliance on paper and outdated technology such as fax machines while £1bn will be spent on cyber security and data consent, £750m will be used to transform out-of-hospital care, medicine and to digitise social and emergency care. An estimated £400bn will be used to build a new website, develop apps and provide free wi-fi.
Jeremy Hunt told the BBC that doctors find it “frustrating” dealing with paperwork and bureaucracy and that the investment could “save time for doctors and nurses”.
Bringing modern technology into the NHS will allow patients to book services and order prescriptions online and to speak to their doctor by video link or online. Patients will also be able to monitor their health from home, which could help people with conditions such as hypertension, cancer and diabetes. Patients will have access to their electronic records, which can be shared between health professionals to reduce the time spent explaining medical history.
Such measures should ease the pressure on GPs and help the NHS meet its pledge to make efficiency savings.
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