Health Secretary Jeremy hunt has announced he wants the NHS to be totally paperless by 2018 as it could potentially save them £4.4bn which is money that could be reinvested back into the organisation.
The first step is give people online access to their health records by March 2015 and by April 2018, any crucial health information should be available to staff at the touch of a button.
Some parts of the NHS already offer a big digital presence whereas other areas are lagging, the scheme Connecting for health allowed X-rays and scans to be stored and sent electronically has seen an increase in productivity that needs to be mirrored throughout the organisation.
Going paperless would mean:
- Different professionals involved in one persons care can start to share information safely on their treatment
- Avoiding the pitfalls of a highly complex, centrally specified approach. Only with world-class information systems will the NHS deliver world-class care.
- Potentially saving the NHS £4.4bn.
- Electronic prescribing and electronic patient records would give staff more time with patients.
- Using laptops more than doubled the amount of time clinicians could spend with patients in some hospitals.
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