£260m for NHS to go digital

Hospitals are being offered millions of pounds to spruce up their "outdated" paper patient notes and prescriptions. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a £260 million fund for hospitals to help the NHS "go digital" by 2018.

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NHS director: Digital fund 'will help save lives'

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of NHS England, said:

This new fund will help patients get better and safer care by giving clinicians access to the right information when they need it most.

Supporting hospitals to replace outdated paper systems for notes and prescriptions will help relieve patients' frustration at having to repeat their medical and medication history over and over again, often in the same hospital, because their records aren't available.

Expanding the use of electronic prescribing of medications in hospitals will help improve safety, save lives and save taxpayer's money.

– Sir Bruce Keogh

New fund primarily for 'electronic prescribing'

The new £260m fund will primarily be used for hospitals to develop 'electronic prescribing' - which will mean doctors can use technology to order prescriptions.

It will also be used to help hospitals develop new electronic patient systems so medics from different departments in a hospital can access patient information quickly and easily.

Mr Hunt said:

This fund will allow doctors and nurses to make the NHS safer by harnessing the very latest technology.

In many places, right now, a paramedic picking up a frail elderly woman who has had a fall will not always know she has dementia, because he or she cannot access her notes.

Or a doctor is prescribing the wrong drugs because they don't know what drugs their patient is already on.

If we are to improve patient safety then we must allow the NHS to have access to the best tools available and this fund will help them achieve that.

– Jeremy Hunt

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Hospitals offered millions to go digital by 2018

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a new digital fund for hospitals. Credit: PA

Hospitals are being offered millions of pounds to spruce up their "outdated" paper patient notes and prescriptions.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a £260 million fund for hospitals to help the NHS "go digital" by 2018.

Mr Hunt said that using the latest technology could make the NHS "safer" by cutting down on the number of prescription blunders.

He recently revealed that 11 people died in the NHS in England last year after being given the wrong medication.

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