The drive towards a technology enhanced platform for the NHS has prompted the introduction of apps for patient records.
It is thought that health apps that are approved by the NHS will feed data directly into personal health records of patients in the hope of keeping them timely and up-to-date.
The health apps will also mean that patients will be able to enter any symptoms they may be experiencing online and receive advice online or over the phone from a health professional.
The new move toward a more technical NHS will mean patients will be able to book appointments with professionals as well as access medical records and past prescriptions. This is thought to keep patients at the fore front of care provided by the NHS.
The introduction of this innovative move is to prompt the beginning of a paperless NHS, flowing the announcement of a £4bn investment into the healthcare system for fundamental IT implications into to NHS.
The new IT support system, being developed by leading clinicians, is thought to be as part of an expansion for to the current emergency (111) telephone line service. The service will be piloted before being accessible to the public.
The improved site will also expose patients to information of local health services allowing the patients to compare services in areas of Dementia, learning disabilities and diabetes. Information and data surrounding Cancer, Maternity and mental health will be added at a later stage, allowing patients to see and be able to access services in their area.
The site will also host a collection of new approved NHS health apps in order to guide patients.
The new age of smart phones means that the move for the NHS is outdated if not needed. Ministers had promised in 2012 that within three years patients would be able to book GP appointments online as well as receive test results. Imagining a paperless NHS means implementing quit a lot of technology, needless to say with more technology comes the chances of more technical errors and glitches. This then means the system can take some time going through the transformation but the results of this can also mean a fast flawless and efficient electrical system that works.
DCC understand the pains of having to go paperless and know the benefit of data capture for the NHS and how best to implement them. We understand that the easier the process is for patients and other professionals using it, the better the system can run as a whole and make a different.