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Health secretary Matt Hancock to boost NHS IT with £200m fund

Health secretary Matt Hancock to boost NHS IT with £200m fund

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

This ultimately leads to the loss of lives due to patients being given sub-optimal care because systems can't communicate with each other.

He also mentioned that the NHS is still one of the largest buyers of fax machines in the world and that, despite its "chequered history" with IT, opportunities from technologies such as artificial intelligence means we are now capable of a serious digital overhaul.

Speaking at the NHS Expo in Manchester today (6 September), Hancock is expected to say the funding will be used to create new centres of digital excellence across acute, mental health, ambulance and community trusts.

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.

Sensyne Health has made a series of announcements regarding its collaboration with three NHS trusts which enables the company to analyse anonymised patient data using its clinical AI technologies in order to accelerate the discovery and development of new medicines and improve patient care.

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Matt Hancock said drugs are not always the best option for patients and advances including wearable devices could help professionals move towards social prescribing instead.

Explaining the reasoning behind the phased rollout of the NHS App, Ms Hodgson said NHS England wants to "make sure we don't overload the systems" and 'make sure we can fully support the areas in which it is going live [in full]'.

"Now is the moment to draw a line and put the failures of the past behind us and set our sights on the NHS being the most cutting-edge system in the world for the use of technology, to improve our health, to make our lives easier, and to make the money go further".

Responding to the health secretary's speech, Professor Mike Hannay Chair of the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSN) said: "The AHSN Network enthusiastically welcomes the Secretary of State's emphasis on technology and innovation".

"If we are honest we will admit that the NHS has been slow to grab the many advantages of the digital revolution", he said. "Genomics and AI will also transform what we do and how we do it".

"Part of this will depend on investment but it will also depend on NHS leaders - managers and clinicians - as well as everyone delivering care to champion this new world", he stressed.