Hancock champions technology to make NHS best in the world

Mr Hancock confirmed ministers had asked companies to build up stocks in case a no deal Brexit stops a supply of drugs flowing into Britain over land

Mr Hancock confirmed ministers had asked companies to build up stocks in case a no deal Brexit stops a supply of drugs flowing into Britain over land

The generic technology available outside the NHS is a million times better.

"The net result is not just scarce resources wasted but countless hours of clinical staff spent trying to work broken systems, patients being given suboptimal care because systems didn't communicate and ultimately lives lost".

He unveiled a new plan to create a "tech-driven" health service at the NHS Innovation Expo in Manchester yesterday, claiming the NHS had the "world's biggest opportunity for saving lives through modern technology", but is now a "frustrating" place to work because of its IT shortcomings.

To help the NHS further, the secretary of state announced that more than £200m would be invested to transform a group of NHS trusts into internationally-recognised centres for technology and digital innovation.

Boosting the digital revolution, Hancock also revealed that the NHS is developing its own one-stop-shop app, which will be launched across the nation by the end of this year.

The new NHS App, via which patients will eventually be able to consult their GP via video, will be rolled out across England in a phased manner starting with five pilot areas later this month.

Health secretary Matt Hancock is launching a £200m fund to improve IT systems in the NHS as he calls on healthcare leaders to get on board with digital.

The funding will support new Global Digital Exemplars in acute, mental health, community and ambulance trusts in England to set a gold standard of innovation for other services to follow, Hancock said.

"The NHS infrastructure is stronger and moving in the right direction".

"I want the best for the NHS, and will do all I can to make that happen".

The health secretary concluded his article by noting that "technology has unleashed huge improvements in the rest of our lives".

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, welcomed the announcement. "We need technology that can run basic tasks and processes more efficiently", Hancock is expected to say. "That has to change, and we all have to accept that it will challenge working practices and those who constantly find reasons why we should not adopt new ways of delivering care". But evidence needn't be expensive: we must also use the power of data, and software, to make it easier for innovators to assess the impact of their tools on real-world outcomes, in real-world data.

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