Matt Hancock, Health and Social Care Secretary, announced at the NHS Expo in Manchester last week that he will set out plans to make the NHS an ecosystem for the best technology available. The new plans will be part of a £20 billion long-term investment which is already in place to transform health and social care provision. IT procurement will be required as part of these plans – find out more below.
The new NHS app will be piloted in five areas across England in October – Liverpool, Hastings, Bristol, Staffordshire and South Worcestershire. This trial comes ahead of a national roll-out in December.
The test version of the application will allow:
- booking of GP appointments
- ordering of repeat prescriptions
- access to personal medical records
- 111 online access for urgent medical queries
- data-sharing preferences
- organ donation preferences
- end-of-life care preferences
Over £200 million is set to be invested into a selection of NHS Trusts to create recognised centres for technological and digital innovation.
A ‘HealthTech Advisory Board’ is also set to be launched, chaired by Dr Ben Goldacre. This group will drive innovation in the healthcare sector forward, highlighting the focus areas where change needs to happen and where best practice is not being followed.
The Health and Social Care Secretary is positive about the latest NHS investments:
“Now is the moment to put the failures of the past behind us, and set our sights on the NHS being the most cutting-edge system in the world for the use of technology to improve our health, make our lives easier and make money go further – harnessing the amazing explosion of innovation that the connection of billions of minds through digital technology has brought to this world.”
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