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Labour's botched attempt to install a universal IT system in the NHS had the right idea but wrong execution, according to the current Health Secretary.
Jeremy Hunt, who announced a £1 billion cash injection to integrate NHS IT systems, told Daybreak Labour's "ambition was not wrong".
"What they wanted was a system where with your permission, anywhere you go in the NHS the doctors and nurses can access your medical history.
"What I am saying is, look, the project went wrong, but we must not let put us off."
Extra funding for the NHS will help the "overwhelming demand" facing hospitals and wards, a health chief has said.
Tim Kelsey, national director for patients and information at NHS England, hoped easy access digital health records would make the "patient journey from hospital to home seamless".
The £1 billion cash injection to upgrade NHS IT systems should free up staff so they can concentrate more on caring for patients, the chief executive of the NHS Confederation has said.
Mike Farrar said if the NHS goes paperless it will give staff more time with patients and cut costs.
NHS technology is going to get a £1 billion injection, so doctors and nurses can share access to patients' electronic records, the Government has announced.
Funds will be spent on systems which ensure all patients can book GP appointments, order repeat prescriptions online by March 2015, and given patients access to their own GP record online.
The Government hopes the measures will reduce pressure on A&E and improve care.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said technology was "key" in caring the for the UK's ageing population.