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NHS to undergo ‘ambitious’ tech overhaul

May 24, 2019 / Anna Smith

Matt Hancock, health secretary, has announced major improvements to general practice IT and more support for NHS Trusts to improve cyber security, as part of a new “ambitious tech overhaul”.Under the new plans top technology companies will be challenged to develop new, innovative GP IT systems to empower patients to access more health services online and through their phones.In the past three months alone, the NHS has prevented more than 21 million potential cyber attacks like the global WannaCry attack, which affected more than 100,000 computers in 100 countries, caused the NHS to cancel over 20,000 appointments - and new measures will help defend vital systems such as MRI scanners and refrigeration units storing organs and drugs In a speech at the King’s Fund Digital Health and Care Congress, the health secretary announced the new GP IT Futures framework, which will create an open, competitive market to encourage the best technology companies to invest in the NHS.He...