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Hancock’s digital revolution

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k3861 (Published 10 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3861
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The new health secretary is a tech evangelist who wants to drag NHS IT out of the dark ages. Gareth Iacobucci went to hear about Matt Hancock’s digital revolution

“It is an immediate priority of mine to sort out the technology of the NHS and social care systems. I really care about this.”

These were the words of England’s bright eyed and bushy tailed new secretary for health and social care, Matt Hancock, who set out his vision for transforming NHS IT at the NHS Expo in Manchester last week.

The former secretary for digital, culture, media, and sport is a self confessed IT enthusiast. His family runs a software business and he was the first MP to launch his own app, and he intends to harness his passion in his new role. He said that the NHS presented “the world’s biggest opportunity for saving lives through modern technology” but was hamstrung by “clunky” and outdated systems that stop hospitals, GPs, social care, and others from talking to each other.

Hancock is determined to put in place a …

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