Digitalising the NHS: The New Imperative with Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP

16 January 2013 17:30

Digitalising the NHS: The New Imperative with Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP

Synopsis

A transcript of the speech can be found here.

We were delighted to host a keynote speech by Secretary of State for Health, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, on Wednesday 16 January.

Speaking to an audience of professionals from the NHS, business and charities, the Health Secretary set out a strategy for using new technologies to improve NHS services radically:

  • He said that by March 2015, everyone would have online access to their own health records, allowing them to better keep track of their health and manage medical conditions
  • He said he wanted a ‘paperless NHS’ by 2018, allowing NHS staff to quickly and securely access and share digital patient records, creating major benefits for ambulance and emergency situations in particular
  • The speech also launched new research that shows how this new approach will improve care for patients, allow NHS staff to spend more time caring rather than filling out paperwork, and also save billions every year that can be ploughed back into front-line care

The event was hosted by Sean Worth as part of our Better Public Services Project and Policy Exchange will be researching how technological innovations can help transform health and other public services for people.