The UK Government has published its plan for digital health and social care, which outlines its vision to transform health and care with digital technology.

According to the government, the new vision for the sector will give patients access to quicker and more effective care and save the health and care systems time and money.

Sajid Javid, Health and Social Care Secretary said: “We are embarking on a radical programme of modernisation that will make sure the NHS is set up to meet the challenges of 2048 – not 1948, when it was first established.

“This plan builds on our data strategy to revolutionise digital health and care, which will enable patients to manage hospital appointments from the NHS App and take more control of their own care at home, picking up problems sooner and seeking help earlier.

“Ensuring more personalisation and better join up of the system will benefit patients, free up clinician time, and help us to bust the COVID backlogs.”

The plan outlines the government’s intention to accelerate the use of digital technology across the NHS and social care. The idea is to increase the availability of remote monitoring where patients can use technology to keep an eye on their condition from home resulting in a further 500,000 people being better supported by March 2023.

The government has earmarked £2 billion to help digitise the NHS and social care sector.

Ben Moore, founder of the NHS-trusted video messaging service, vCreate, welcomed the plans and also called for collaboration with industry. He said: “For a long time, traditional patient pathways have left many unable to see the specialists they need or facing huge waiting lists to speak to clinicians. The government’s aim to empower patients and give them the digital tools to access advice, reassurance and even a diagnosis remotely will be transformative for clinicians, patients and their families."

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