NHS England (NHSE) has pledged to use lessons from the pandemic to level up digital maturity over the next year.
In the 2022/2023 priorities and operations planning guidance it sets out plans to “rapidly and consistently adopt new models of care that exploit the full potential of digital technologies”.
This aims to ensure health and care systems have a core level of digitalisation by March 2025 in line with the NHS long term plan.
The planning guidance encourages GPs to promote the NHS app and NHS.UK, with the goal of reaching 60% registration by March 2023.
It is planned for all patients to be able to access digital-first primary care online by 2023/4 with the ambition for the NHS e-referral system to become the health sector triage, referral and booking system by 2025.
A key priority is ensuring providers of community health services, including independent providers commissioned by integrated care systems (ICSs), can access local shared care records in 2022/3, to enable urgent care response and virtual wards.
Meanwhile in secondary care, a key priority is developing…