New IT network for NI practices
Practices in Northern Ireland will be connected to a new
secure IT network linked to other health and social care
organisations from January next year.
The move is part of a £26.7 million investment in IT recently announced by Angela Smith, the minister with responsibility for Health, Social Services and Public Safety.
Under the scheme, which forms the basis of plans for
an electronic patient record, every patient will get a
10-digit health and care
The number should enable speedier access to data and transfer of information around the NHS.