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Paper-free, quick and safer

The government is preparing to spend billions to create a ‘paperless’ NHS.

The government is preparing to spend billions to create a ‘paperless’ NHS. There are considerable barriers to documenting care and the nursing process electronically, but nurses in innovative organisations are convinced it is worth the effort. Big wins have already been achieved in electronic prescribing and medicines administration.

As the government prepares to spend £4 billion on a drive for a paperless NHS, nurses might well ask: what does it mean for me?

In the short term, the answer is probably ‘not much’. It is going to take some years before this money reaches the front line.

St George’s Hospital, London senior staff nurse Heather Kincaid scans Roland Farrugia’s wristband to connect with his health record

But those at the leading edge of implementing technology are adamant: paperless working is going to revolutionise care. They would not go

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