NHS - the beginning of online health12th February 2014
Jeremy Hunt, health secretary, will make the health service "totally dependent" on electronic health records within the next 5 years.
Speaking at a Cambridge Health Network Event, he said: "Money is tight and when used well, technology can help use resources much more effectively."
He has outlined 3 main objectives to do this:
From April 2015, all GPs will start allowing appointments and repeat subscriptions to be booked online. Services such as A&E and 111 phone services will have access to medical history which will allow for a better standard and continuation of care.
NHS England’s director of patients and information, Tim Kelsey, highlighted the importance of the NHS collaborating with the private and non-profit sector.
There has been criticism over the method of distributing the new information. Every household received an informational leaflet that described what was happening and gave individuals a chance to opt out. Arguably, this has not been made clear enough.
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Title: NHS - the beginning of online health
Author: Dan Boyle
Article Id: 25154
Date Added: 12th Feb 2014