DoH Technology Fund increased to £1bn for IT

DoH Technology Fund increased to £1bn for IT

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced an increase to the Department of Health’s (DoH) Technology Fund, which will see the total in contributions reach £1 billion for IT in the next three years.

An additional £240 million is being allocated to the “Safer Wards, Safer Hospitals” Technology Fund announced by Hunt in May, which was originally worth £260 million. This makes the total figure for investment £500 million by 2016, and as successful applications must be matched by local health and social care organisations, this brings the total to £1 billion.

The fund initially attracted 760 applications from NHS Trusts, equalling over £650 million in requests. Applications for the fund were focused on four key areas:

  1. Adoption of the NHS Number as primary identifier

  2. Integrated digital care records including information sharing within and between organisations

  3. E-prescribing

  4. Advanced Scheduling

“This new funding will help deliver the government’s commitment to allow everyone to book GP appointments and order repeat prescriptions online by March 2015, as well as give everyone who wants it online access to their GP record,” says the DoH statement.

Jeremy Hunt said that the £1 billion investment would help ensure the government’s “previous IT failures” would not be repeated. “This fund will empower local clinicians and health services to come together and find innovative solutions for their patients,” he said.

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