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New digital technology transformation plans outlined by NHS England

18th June 2015

NHS England has unveiled detailed plans to incorporate the use of digital technology more centrally into everyday NHS practice.

Under the new plans, efforts will be made to give patients full access to their entire digital health record in real-time by 2018, while ensuring primary, urgent and emergency care services also have access to this data at all times by the same date. By 2020, this will be extended to all other NHS-funded services.

Meanwhile, the MyNHS service will be expanded to include new information on local NHS commissioners and care homes, with new plans being mooted to turn the entire NHS estate into a free Wi-Fi zone.

It is expected that these proposals could lead to efficiency savings of up to ten billion pounds being generated by 2020.

Tim Kelsey, national director for patients and information, said: "The NHS is embracing the offering of digital services to patients, with more than 55 million patients set to benefit from progress."

In the last 12 months, 97 percent of GP practices have offered patients the chance to book appointments, order repeat prescriptions and view a summary of their GP records online. Additionally, one-third of all ambulances now share their records digitally with emergency department doctors.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801791637-ADNFCR

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