NHS Announce £78m Technology Fund

The NHS will give £78m integrated digital care funding to health and social care providers in 2015 to help them invest in technology.

Local authorities and the NHS Trusts will have access to £43m of the fund set aside to help implement electronic information systems for patient records.

A further £35m of the funding will be available for the second wave of the Nursing Technology Fund to develop digital services to support nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants.

Director of strategic systems and technology at NHS England Beverly Bryant said: "We are committed to a digital strategy to help transform health services through technology and put patients in control of their care.

"We welcome the latest investment in the Integrated Digital Care fund, which will help to digitise and integrate patient information across health and social care, enabling safer, more joined-up services."

Marie Curie Cancer Care obtained £1m in funding to improve nursing technology through implementing mobile access to care records.

The NHS awarded Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust £646,000 to implement paperless nurses' notes Devon Partnership NHS Trust will receive £204,000 to develop video consultation services.

Chief nursing officer for England Jane Cummings said: "The Nursing Technology Fund has supported nurses, midwives and care staff to carry out valuable and innovative work, and will continue to empower staff to deliver safer, more effective and more efficient care."

This is among many steps the NHS is taking towards implementing digital services and electronic patient records to cope with demand caused by a growing population.

Earlier in March 2015 the NHS launched a programme looking for innovators to develop technologies and digital services designed to improve care for patients.

Electronic patient records are high on the agenda to help move the NHS records closer to the care.data scheme, which has been designed to use anonymous patient data to identify patterns in disease and illness.

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