NHS Goes Full Fibre

On May 14, 2019, Posted by , In News, With No Comments

The Government has committed to ensuring that the NHS is connected to full fibre broadband as soon as possible, with a target that 70% of NHS organisations are connected to full fibre broadband via leased lines by August 2020.
 
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This will improve the quality of healthcare services available to patients, including the adoption of a ‘digital-first’ option for patients, with online video consultations, virtual hospital outpatient appointments both available to patients, as well as cloud-based patient records.
 
At present, around 40% of NHS organisations use internet supplied through copper lines. This can often be slow and unreliable, and is ill-suited to support the ambitions on the Government’s ‘Long-Term Plan’ for the NHS, which was announced in January of this year. This ‘Long-Term Plan’ seeks to make ‘digital health services a mainstream part of the NHS, so that in 5 years, patients in England will be able to access a digital GP offer’.
 
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