Cutting reliance on paper will make patients safer, says NHS England

The NHS will announce new measures to help patients, the public and clinicians make more use of technology to improve the health of the nation.

Tim Kelsey, NHS England’s National Director for Patients and Information and chair of the National Information Board, will make the announcement later this week when he addresses 5,000 NHS leaders at the NHS Innovation Expo Conference in Manchester.

He says: “Health and social care services in England must end the unnecessary reliance on paper in the treatment of patients.  It’s key to making services safer, more effective and more efficient. Every day, care is held up and patients are kept waiting while an army of people transport and store huge quantities of paper round our healthcare system”.

By April 2016, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), working with local authority partners and providers of care, must submit delivery plans for how they will eradicate the use of paper in the treatment of patients across all health and care services in their region by 2020.

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