The NHS is changing. In the future more health care is going to be delivered in the community or your own home.
This is being made possible by the use of new and improved medicines, safer more effective ways of working and new ways to access information through new technology.
By 2020 it will be possible for your medical record to be safely and securely shared electronically with all the health professionals delivering your care, whether in hospital or your GP surgery. All medical records will be electronic and no longer stored as paper.
Many people already use Smart phones, tablet devices and computers to find information, to do online shopping and internet banking. We think health services and information should also be available online for those patients who wish to access it.
However, we recognise that there are still many patients who do not know how to use a computer. These patients will still be able to access medical services and information as they currently do, and we will support and encourage more people in Somerset to explore the access to and use of digital services over the next few years.
In the coming years Somerset’s health system will allow us to: