|Why has it taken so long to introduce?|
Health & social care providers across the country will benefit from £78m this year to invest in technology & help them move from paper-based clinical records to integrated digital care records. £43m of Integrated Digital Care funding will be used by NHS Trusts & LAs to put in place electronic information systems which make sharing information between care settings easier and ensure that patients only tell their story once.
Approval has also been granted for the second tranche of the Nursing Technology Fund which makes £35m available to Trusts, health charities & community health providers to spend on digital services that will support nurses, midwives & healthcare assistants (Editor: What about 10,000 plus Health Visitors?) in their work and help them release time to care.