30 Jun 2022
by The Homecare Association

Government publishes plan to digitalise health and social care

The Government has published a Plan for Digital Health and Social Care, which sets out its vision for transforming health and care with digital technology.

Under the Plan, remote monitoring and virtual wards will help to drive efficiency, and free up hospital space and clinician time.

The NHS App will be updated with new features offering more personalised care from home, such as increasing patients’ access to their records and enabling notifications directly from their GP.

Patients will be able to complete their hospital pre-assessment checks from home across the country by September 2024.

The Plan includes boosting the digital skills of the workforce and promoting the use of digital health and social care records, so information can be shared between health and social care. By March 2024, the Government is aiming for 80% of CQC-registered providers to have digital social care records.

The Plan follows the recent publication of the Data Saves Lives: Reshaping Health and Social Care with Data policy paper.

£2 billion was earmarked in the Spending Review to help digitise the NHS and social care sector.

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