The Connecting for Health website runs though the plans for overhaul of the NHS IT system (which I only really think about when I come across the regular news reports that about the programme is behind schedule and running over budget). A brief summary of what is in store:
The National Programme for IT is creating a multi-billion pound infrastructure, which will improve patient care by enabling clinicians and other NHS staff to increase their efficiency and effectiveness.
It is doing this by:
- creating an NHS Care Records Service to improve the sharing of patients' records across the NHS with their consent
- making it easier and faster for GPs and other primary care staff to book hospital appointments for patients
- providing a system for the electronic transmission of prescriptions
- ensuring that the IT infrastructure can meet NHS needs now and in the future.
Find out more at Connecting for Health