16 hospital trusts across England will receive a share of nearly £16 million to introduce digital prescribing, which will replace paper prescriptions.
The initiative aims to improve patient safety and reduce errors. Instead of relying on hand-written notes and paper medicine charts, NHS staff will be able to quickly access information on prescribed medicines and patient history. This can reduce medication errors by up to 30%. Digital prescribing is also shown to save time and money by reducing the need for unnecessary bureaucracy.
The funding is part of a £78 million investment to fulfil the NHS Long Term Plan commitment to introduce electronic prescribing across the whole of the NHS by 2024.
Nadine Dorries, Minister for Patient Safety, said:
“We are determined to make the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world. The introduction of digital prescribing system has helped us reduce potentially deadly medication errors and save our hard-working staff valuable time, enabling them to dedicate their full attention and care to patients.”
Read the UK Government press release for further information.