Government promises up to £10 million for 12 trusts to further develop digital expertise and pass it on to the rest of the NHS

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced new funding to develop advanced digital practices at 12 exemplar NHS trusts as part of a wider plan to improve digital skills and technologies across the healthcare service.

The plan, which comes in response to a review headed by University of California professor Bob Wachter published to coincide with Hunt s announcement, will also see an expansion of the NHS 111 non-emergency health line and the Choices website.

Staff training seen as key

Bob Wachter s excellent review made it clear that digitisation is as much about people as it is technology, and that this is a real opportunity to improve patient care for the long term, said Hunt, speaking at the Health and Care Innovation Expo in Manchester.

We want to fast-track existing digit

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