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What is the NHS national programme for IT?...
What is the NHS national programme for IT?

The NHS national programme for IT is a big beast set to deliver a multi-billion pound operation, providing new integrated systems and services across the NHS in England. Its aim is to improve patient care and services, and innovations include connecting over 30,000 GPs to almost 300 hospitals over the next 10 years. This will give patients access to personal health information, transforming the way the NHS works.

The main features of the programme are: the NHS care records service; delivering an individual electronic record for each patient; choose and book, an electronic system for booking hospital appointments, which allows patients to choose the time and place; electronic prescription service, which will transfer electronic prescriptions from the GP practice to the pharmacy; picture archiving and communications systems, which will enable scans and X-rays to be captured, distributed, stored and displayed electronically; the NHS email and directory service; and a broadband network infrastructure to support the programme.

The procurement process undertaken by the National Programme for IT set new standards for the public sector, and has already achieved major savings for the NHS on hardware and software.
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