NHS starts rolling out Wi-Fi across secondary care

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The project will initially target organisations with ‘little to no Wi-Fi’, David Corbett, NHS Digital Programme Head, told delegates at Confed17 in Liverpool today

NHS Digital lead give updates on latest projects at a conference in Liverpool

[Liverpool, UK] The NHS is starting to roll out this summer Wi-Fi across secondary care, David Corbett, NHS Digital Programme Head, told delegates today at Confed17 during a lightning talk. 

The project is expected to end by December 2018, although Corbett called the deadline ‘quite an ambitious target’; he explained the majority of benefits will result from improving connectivity across secondary care organisations, with the NHS initially targeting the ones that currently have ‘little to no Wi-Fi’.

“We recognise there are some that haven’t got any at the moment and those will be our high priority,” Corbett added.

During an NHS Digital & techUK industry briefing in March, Corbett said patients would be able to access their health records on the revamped NHS Choices website, called NHS.UK, by September this year; a beta version is already available for testing and feedback purposes.

“The vision for PHRs (Personal Health Records) is to provide citizen access to online health services so that they are able to access and contribute to their health information, and to interact and transact with those that care for them,” he said at the time.

NHS Digital recruiting Head of Product for NHS.UK website

To successfully deliver the transformation initiative, NHS Digital is currently recruiting a Head of Product that will be tasked with developing a ‘product roadmap and strategy’ for the new platform. The job advert states the digital service will help ‘alleviate pressure on front-line services’ and improve patient care:

“This is one of the most high-profile and high-impact transformation initiatives in government today, as part of the Paperless 2020 strategy.”

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