Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced his plans for the NHS to be paperless by 2018 - a move a report says could help save the health service billions of pounds a year.
He has set the following targets :
By March 2015 people will have access to their online health records
By April 2018 crucial health information will be available to staff at the touch of a button.
Suggesting a potential £4.4bn saving could be put back into the NHS with better use of information and technology.
In a speech to think tank Policy Exchange, Mr Hunt will say hospitals should plan to make information digitally and securely available by 2014-15. This will mean that at long last we can get holistic care with the different professionals involved in one person's care, sharing information safely on their treatment.
Using such technology will give nursing staff more time to spend with patients. At long last we are beginning to see that the NHS is getting into the real world and learning new ways of working to benefit the patients.
ubu is well on the way to becoming paperless so it is clear to us that the NHS will begin to see so much simpler and more customer-centric ways of working, as they implement and embrace the right technology.