Health and care services are now to “have an Internet First policy” which states new digital services should operate over the internet.
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It is hoped the new model will help trusts, CCGs and other bodies move their IT services towards cloud-first data centres.
The health secretary said the upgrade would support a promise made in the NHS Long Term Plan to improve the range and access of digital healthcare services.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has used a healthcare e-commerce solution since 2002, and in recent years has introduced a cloud-based catalogue system – making it far easier to share standardised data – and an inventory control system.
Liverpool 5G Health and Social Care already has a number of projects in place following a £3.5m grant last year, including a loneliness gaming and quiz app.
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NHS Digital said the latest figures shows a growing demand in digital services across the sector, with the platform handling 3,500 messages a second.
Matt Hancock has banned NHS organisations from buying new fax machines beyond January 2019, under plans to remove them from the NHS entirely by 2020.
Philips will be responsible for ensuring radiology equipment across all of the trust’s hospital sites is well-maintained and replaced regularly.