Health Secretary Matt Hancock warns NHS IT systems are risking patients’ lives

HEALTH secretary Matt Hancock has warned “downright dangerous” IT systems are risking lives.

Problems over transferring patient information between doctors, paramedics and nurses are also frustrating for staff and too costly, he said.

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Matt Hancock will announce a £200 million fund to develop better systems for storing patient information[/caption]

Mr Hancock told The Daily Telegraph: “A world where we ask an ill patient over and over for their medical history is a problem.

“A world in which a hospital can’t pull up a patient’s GP record to see the reason for stopping and starting medications is downright dangerous.”

He will today announce a £200million fund for trusts to develop better systems.

A new NHS app will also allow users to book GP appointments, order repeat prescriptions and receive urgent advice.

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The Heath Secretary says that transferring patient information between multiple doctors, paramedics and hospitals is becoming too dangerous and too costly[/caption]

Outlining his vision in Manchester, Mr Hancock will challenge the NHS to mirror the “million times better” private sector.

He will say: “We need technology that makes life easier for over-stretched staff.”

Patients in Liverpool, Bristol, Staffordshire and Worcestershire will test the app from next month.

The Association of British HealthTech Industries said the new tech “can position the UK as the most advanced health system in the world.


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