The Health and Social Care Secretary has revealed that the new NHS app will be piloted in Liverpool from next month.
Speaking at the NHS Expo in Manchester, this forms part of Matt Hancock’s plans to make the NHS “the most advanced health system in the world” through digital and technology innovations.
The app will be tested in 5 areas before a nationwide roll-out in December.
Through the app, people will be able to book GP appointments; order repeat prescriptions; view their medical records; and get 111 online access to urgent medical queries. They will also be able to amend their data sharing, organ donation and end-of-life care preferences.
Hancock said that £200m will be invested to make a group of NHS trusts into “internationally recognised centres for technological and digital innovation.”
He is also creating a HealthTech Advisory Board, chaired by Dr Ben Goldacre to highlight where change needs to happen, where best practice isn’t being followed and to act as an “ideas hub”.