Data-dissemination plans are being rolled out across the NHS, the Department of Health has announced.
Data-sharing plans will allow the NHS to access patient data in real-time to help improve patient care, with data being shared via email, text and phone.
The plans were introduced in 2016 but were not widely implemented until this year.
In addition to the two new data-dissector plans, the government has also announced the introduction of a third data-sharing plan, and plans to bring more data-storage devices to hospitals and clinics.
There are currently five data-share plans for NHS hospitals, with the first to be rolled out in 2019.
The new plans, announced on Wednesday, are intended to help increase the availability of patient data for other NHS services, such as mental health, mental health support, prescription drug monitoring and data-retrieval.
The NHS said the plans would help patients access information in real time and enable more collaboration between healthcare providers.
“This new system will enable the NHS data-services delivery team to quickly access information about patients in real and timely ways, including by providing real-life data to our health professionals and clinicians, and by allowing them to respond quickly to their patients’ health needs,” said a spokesperson for the health ministry.
“It will also allow us to provide timely information about how to improve patient safety and support, which will benefit both the patient and healthcare team.”