'APPY PATIENTS New NHS app will allow patients to book appointments and order repeat prescriptions

Health Secretary Matt Hancock will unveil a £200million cash injection into new technology initiatives within the NHS

06 September 2018 - 08:40

An NHS app will allow users to book GP appointments, repeat prescriptions and receive urgent medical advice in the palm of their hand.

The new tech-mad Health Secretary will challenge the NHS to mirror the private sector and improve tech output as he unveils a £200million cash injection into e-health initiatives.

The ambitious Tory will outline his vision to “transform NHS trusts into world-leading institutions for technology and innovation" at the NHS Expo in Manchester.

Ministers promise the NHS app will pioneer the drive towards more effective and increased use of technology and begin to be rolled out from next month.

Patients in Liverpool, Hastings, Bristol, Staffordshire and South Worcestershire will be the first to get their hands on a beta version of the app - that is set to rolled out nationally later in the year.

The range of services available include patients having access to view their medical record, 111 online access for urgent medical queries and setting data sharing preferences.

 Matt Hancock is keen for the NHS to develop more technology
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Matt Hancock is keen for the NHS to develop more technology

But NHS chiefs say it has already got the thumbs up as 85 per cent of adults welcomed the app.

Mr Hancock is expected to say: “I love the NHS. It’s been there for me - as it’s been there for us all - at some of the most difficult moments in my life. Like good tech elsewhere, we need technology that makes life easier for hard working and often over-stretched staff..

And he will warn: "We need technology that can run basic tasks and processes more efficiently.

He will add that his app "will save the NHS money and free up staff time - money and time that can be better used to provide great care”. And Mr Hancock will also urge standards to be driven up within the NHS- looking to the technology of the private sector which “is a million times better”.

 The new app will allow patients to order repeat subscriptions
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The new app will allow patients to order repeat subscriptions

Peter Ellingworth, Chief Executive, the Association of British HealthTech Industries said: “The NHS is one of the UK’s defining strengths, and as the Secretary of State has rightly identified, adoption of the latest technologies can position it as the most advanced health system in the world".

And Dame Barbara Hakin, Chair of the Health Tech Alliance also praised the plans as companies are developing innovations that “ease pressures on clinicians”.

Mr Hancock recently hit the headlines for his own app named Matt Hancock designed to connect with his constituents. Many on social media widely mocked the rising star, with some claiming he was only promoted Health Secretary due to his app.

 

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