• 15Sep

    Information a focus of new ‘smartphone-ready’ health services

    NHS England have published a summary of the key announcements they made during  the Health and Care Innovation Expo last week.

    Simon Stevens used his keynote address to update on the expansion of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (DPP), designed to help people at risk of Type 2 Diabetes, to 17 additional areas across the country, and a digital DPP, enabling more individuals to accecss support and education they need to prevent developing the condition.

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt outlined measures to create “smartphone-ready” services in a new NHS technology drive.

    The new services include:

    • The introduction of a new NHS 111 online triage service for less serious health problems. This will enable patients to enter their symptoms online and get tailored advice or a call-back from a healthcare professional according to their needs.
    • The launch of a library of NHS-approved health apps to guide patient choice. NHS England will also advise on other wearable devices to ensure people select reputable and effective products to monitor and improve their health.
    • The current NHS Choices website will be relaunched as NHS.UK with a wider range of online patient services, including the ability to register with a GP, book appointments, and order and track prescriptions all in one place. The new website will also enable patients to download their personal health records to their phone securely, giving them instant access to important healthcare information, such as prescriptions and test results.

    For the full list of announcements see the NHS England website.