UK well being secretary Jeremy Hunt is because of give a speech at an NHS convention on Tuesday September 12 pledging that the NHS will likely be coming into the digital age, as early as subsequent yr. 

What this implies is that sufferers will be capable to entry their medical information, e book a GP appointment, and order a repeat prescription on their smartphones by the top of June 2018.

The speech on the Well being and Care Innovation Expo in Manchester comes because the NHS heads in the direction of its 70th anniversary. The Nationwide Well being Service was based July 1948. 

Hunt is predicted to say: “Individuals ought to be capable to entry their very own medical information 24/7, present their full medical historical past to anybody they select and e book primary companies like GP appointments or repeat prescriptions on-line.

“I don’t underestimate the problem of getting there – but when we do it will likely be the absolute best 70th birthday current from the NHS to its sufferers.”

Already being examined

This service goes to come back within the type of an app, which follows within the footsteps of the NHS 111 app created by Babylon Healthcare, which might at the moment be utilized in London as an alternative of calling the 111 non-emergency cellphone line.

There may be at the moment a trial – known as NHS GP at hand – being run in London Borough Hammersmith and Fulham of the complete Babylon app that enables sufferers to switch to the app as your registered GP. If you’re in different areas of the UK, the Babylon app can be utilized however at a worth. 

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Within the Babylon app, you’ll be able to e book and have an appointment with a GP over your smartphone as a video name. Whether or not that is the app that Hunt is planning for rollout nationwide is unclear, however provided that it’s actively being examined means there’s a great likelihood. 

Given the current malware assaults on the NHS, security is a query that instantly involves thoughts when fascinated with digitising healthcare. If extra of our medical info is being broadcast and held remotely on our gadgets, it will increase the potential vulnerabilities of what’s very beneficial and delicate info. 

As we study extra about what the digital plan for healthcare is we’ll let you understand. 

By way of: The Guardian