Practices provide digital access to millions of appointments

The projection has also found that practices are on course to deliver 15 million online prescription orders by April 2016, with 97 per cent of patients able to access online services since it became a contract requirement in 2014/15.
Over the past year, patients have viewed their test results online 268,144 times and viewed letters concerning their care 257,825 times.

Beverley Bryant, NHS England director of digital technology, approved of the measures but called on practices to ‘go further, faster’ in the offer of online services in future and highlighted new guidance for ‘Patient Online’ services to support this.

She said: “We need to go further and faster – more patients, accessing more services and being able to view more information about their health and care.

“This updated guidance and resource should give practices and their local partners all the information they need to be able to capitalise on the opportunities that technology presents to improve services for patients and increase the efficiency of their practices.”

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