IT trade body Intellect has released a report which suggests the government’s ambition to achieve a paperless NHS by 2018 is possible but requires a significant cultural change of patients and practitioners.
The report comes after Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt laid out ambitions that by March 2015 everyone will be able to access their medical records online. The report says: “Above all, the journey is a cultural one. The paperless NHS will only be a reality if the NHS, and its users, us as citizens, want it to be paperless. It can be done, and it can be done in the timescale the health secretary has set, if we are all committed to the ambition, resolute in its progress and pragmatic in its deployment.”