Health Services: Technology

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th March 2018.

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Photo of Adam Afriyie Adam Afriyie Conservative, Windsor

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of e-health technology in reducing patient waiting lists; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

NHS Improvement and NHS England have active programmes of work to review the role of e-health technology in areas such as productivity of operating theatres, the automated monitoring of admitted patients and associated bed occupancy levels and the role of digital patient services.

Additionally, the e-Referrals Service allows commissioners and acute hospital providers in England to manage their demand and capacity more effectively, providing opportunities for reduced waiting lists. It also enables general practitioners and patients to make informed decisions about the choice of provider for treatment by identifying providers associated with longer waiting times.

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