Hospitals are being offered millions of pounds to spruce up their "outdated" paper patient notes and prescriptions.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.
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Supporting hospitals to replace outdated paper systems for notes and prescriptions will help relieve patients' frustration at having to repeat their medical and medication history over and over again,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.