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The Department of Health has announced that consultancy firm Accenture has won a £60 million contract to provide the new NHSmail service the same week the current system was out of action for several hours.
The use of new technology will play an important part in achieving the £22 billion in efficiency savings that NHS services in England need to make in the next five years, according to the NHS England’s chief executive Simon Stevens.
The successful delivery of care.data, NHS.uk and N4 “appears to be unachievable”, with all three major projects getting red lights, according to a report published by the government’s Major Projects Authority.
Members of the public will be able to add data from wearable devices to their electronic patient record by 2018, according to Tim Kelsey, national director for patients and information at NHS England.
NHS England has set up a ‘super CIC’ to act as a centre of excellence and attract funding for open source projects within health and social care.
Users of the new NHS e-Referral Service are still experiencing significant slowdown and other issues nearly two weeks after the system went live.
The use of digital technology can save the NHS in England up to £13.7 billion a year by 2020, according to Tim Kelsey, national director for patents and information.
Patients will have real-time access to their full digital health record by 2018, under new plans unveiled by NHS England.
The new NHS e-Referral Service was running well on Tuesday afternoon, but has subsequently suffered another day of problems.