Hancock encourages use of more apps

Speaking to BBC’s Newsbeat, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said that there needs to be more use of apps in the NHS as he follows his ‘passion’ of digital innovation.

Having created an app as Culture Secretary to show constituents evidence of his activities both as a Secretary of State and also as MP for West Suffolk, Hancock admitted that there is still a lot to do in developing apps, but said embracing the technology needs to be pursued to make the NHS more convenient for patients and staff alike.

The Health Secretary’s app received criticism for compromising privacy, with on screen prompts asking users to grant access to their photo library. The app appeared to gain access to the photo library whether the user denies access or not.

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