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Clarity is needed on plans for digital NHS, says think tank

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5185 (Published 23 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5185
  1. Jacqui Thornton
  1. London

The government and NHS leaders must set out a clear and compelling plan for expanding the use of digital technology to avoid losing the commitment of clinicians, the King’s Fund has said.

Digital technology can transform how patients engage with services, drive improvements in efficiency and care coordination, and help people manage their health and wellbeing, the think tank said in its report, A Digital NHS?1

However, it said that expectations might have been set too high amid financial and operational pressures and that there was a lack of clarity about the funding available to support the work.

The …

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