DH pledges £4.2 billion to create a paperless NHS

Department of Health wants to see widespread use of IT 

The DH has pledged £4.2 billion to create a paperless NHS by 2020. 

The government wants to invest in technology that will allow patients to book medical appointments and order prescriptions online. 

The plans also include online or video link consultations with doctors, and giving patients access to their electronic health record, which can be shared between healthcare professionals.

Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show on BBC One yesterday, health secretary Jeremy Hunt said: ‘Proper investment in IT can save time for doctors and nurses, and they can spend more time with patients.’ 

The government hopes that by 2020, a quarter of NHS patients with long-term conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and cancer will be able to monitor their health remotely, and then upload and send data to healthcare professionals.

Some of the funding will be used to create a new website at

IT expert Robert Wachter, author of The Digital Doctor, has been commissioned by the government to conduct a review of IT systems across the NHS. He is due to report back to the DH in June. 



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