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NHS Digital Programme Set To Improve Following Government Funding

In an article by Digital Health, it was recently revealed that the government has announced it is releasing £760 million into the NHS, which includes money to improve the use of its digital programme as part of the national health body’s 70th birthday.

The Department of Health and Social Care announced that the £760 million investment is to modernise and transform NHS hospitals and community services over the next 10 years.

Part of the funding includes £150 million set aside to support the NHS’s work to become more efficient. This will help to “improve the use of a digital programme that helps the NHS use its workforce better” and “improve pharmacy IT and administration systems to reduce medication errors and improve patient safety”.

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In another article by Digital Health recently, it was also reported that the parliamentary under secretary for the Department of Health and Social Care stated that the UK could be a “world leader in AI research” and “unlock a wake of innovation throughout the NHS” by harnessing patient data sets.

Speaking at the Spectator Health Summit on Monday 26thMarch, Lord James O’Shaughnessy suggested that citizen data held by the NHS was “an asset that no other country can bring together”, further claiming that it was the key to transforming Britain’s healthcare industry and making it “the global centre for life sciences trials, genomics and personalised medicine”.

However, O’Shaughnessy said the public first needed to be convinced about the benefits of data collection and assured that their information would be used safely and responsibly.

“While we want to unlock the potential [of data], we have to reassure the public that we will use their data safely, legally and securely.”

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It appears that there is a lot going on behind the scenes in the NHS at the moment, much of which we believe relates to technology and innovation, to preserve a stronger, smarter and more efficient NHS for future generations. As the NHS prepares for it’s 70thbirthday, it is clear that the health service has come a long way since it’s launch in 1948 and it will only get stronger in years to come. We look forward to seeing the developments!

Keep up to date with the NHS digital developments at digital.nhs.uk.