To help deliver Jeremy Hunt’s vision of a paperless NHS by 2018, NHS England has launched a vision and consultation for an improved electronic patient referral service for the NHS.
Building on the benefits and successes of the current Choose and Book system, as well as learning lessons from it, the new service will evolve to meet the needs of the NHS – while improving patient outcomes and experiences.
An initial 5-month consultation period with healthcare professionals will be followed by consultation with patients. Findings from the consultations will help develop a system that is simpler to use, adopts the latest technology, and provides an improved service for users and better experience for patients.
NHS England would like to engage with as many healthcare professionals as possible and welcome feedback from anyone involved with patient referrals.
Visit www.hscic.gov.uk/ers for more information.
This 5-minute animation explains the vision: