£1bn NHS technology boost

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is announcing a £1 billion investment in new technology for the NHS over the next three years. It is expected to enable patients to manage repeat prescriptions and book GP appointments online.

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Hunt: Labour's IT 'ambition' for NHS was not wrong

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."

NHS boss: Extra £1bn will make patient's experience 'seamless'

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".

A single patient record will help make the patient journey from hospital to home seamless, giving professionals from different health and care organisations access to information when they need it most, without patients having to repeat themselves every time they speak to a different doctor, nurse or care professional.

This extra funding will help us better meet the overwhelming demand from the Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards fund announced in May this year. It's great news for the NHS and great news for patients.

– Tim Kelsey, national director for patients and information at NHS England


£1bn cash injection 'will free up NHS staff'

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.

Patients find it massively frustrating when they have to give their personal details or medical history multiple times over, sometimes three or four times in one hospital visit. Clinical and support staff find it just as frustrating having to ask them.

If today's funding is invested in the right tools and technology on wards, in clinics and in the community, clinical staff can spend less of their valuable time filling in forms and more of it giving patients the care and treatment they need.

– Chief executive of the NHS Confederation, Mike Farrar

£1bn upgrade for NHS computer systems

The Government is to spend £1 billion on upgrading the NHS' IT systems, the Health Secretary has announced. Credit: PA

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.

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