A major part of improving how NHS services work for patients now, and in the future, includes sharing and using data better, and improving how the local NHS uses digital technology.
This includes sharing patients’ records between doctors and other care providers, installing WiFi at GP surgeries and NHS buildings, and helping local NHS IT systems ‘talk’ to one another better.
We’re also testing and using ways of getting access to advice and treatment, which patients will be able to do from their smart phones or tablets. This will include helping people decide which services they need, where they can get help, and seeing health professionals quickly. This means, locally, people will be able to use new services such as NHS 111 Online and eConsult.
It is important to note that digital changes to health will not replace interaction with your GP, nurse or other health professional. It is about helping you to see the right person at the right time.
Until recently, different healthcare providers – such as GPs and hospitals – didn’t share lots of detailed information about patients. Sharing data – always safely and securely – improves care, makes it safer and gets patients the best treatment at the right time.
We are working on several projects – notably shared patient records and helping IT systems work together – to make sure patients in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight always receive the best care possible.
You can find out why we are doing this by watching this short (two-minute) video: