Hospitals lag behind primary care in going digital, conference hears

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 05 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4376
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

NHS trusts have less than a month to apply for cash from a new £260m technology fund set up to help them go paperless and develop digital care records systems.

The fund, announced in May by NHS England, became operational on 1 July.1 It was meant to support the “rapid progression” from traditional patient notes and prescriptions to integrated digital care records that connect across providers, as well as electronic prescribing and referral systems.

Although trusts can choose which technologies to invest in, these systems will have to meet national standards in areas such as data security and interoperability with other systems. Trusts have until the end of July to …

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