NHS England’s new Local Health and Care Record Exemplar scheme will see GPs, hospitals and social care all working from the same patient record. NHS England said that this would help to reduce unnecessary tests and improve patient safety.
Greater Manchester, Wessex and London will each receive £7.5m over the next two years to develop the new records, which will cover some 14m people.
NHS England has said it will also be working with other areas that had bid to join the programme to help them ‘realise their ambitions’.
Will Smart, NHS England’s chief information officer for health and care, said the initiative was ‘raising the bar for how the NHS can improve care through technology.’
‘By sharing information across a larger population, we can ensure that as people move across the different parts of the NHS and social care they don’t have to repeat themselves and provide the same information time and again,’ he added.
Dr Simon Eccles, NHS England’s chief clinical information officer for health and care, said: ‘Sharing information for people’s individual care can be lifesaving by quickly providing staff with the details they need, from patient histories to previous test results and care plans.
‘The public already assume their GP practice and hospital can see their records, now in the NHS’s 70th year through local health and care records we will start to make this possible.’