Plans to set minimum level of Tech spending for Trusts

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NHSX is exploring setting a minimum level of technology spending for trusts, regulators revealed today.

The new NHS planning guidance said NHSX, along with NHS England and Improvement, is in talks with health systems and providers to determine whether there is a “minimum and optimal” level of technology spending, based on how digitally advanced a trust is.

The document stated systems and providers “will want to ensure an appropriate level of investment in tech to achieve full use of modern digitised technology in the NHS”.

The document also predicted significant growth in the use of phone, video and online consultations over the next four years.