Sarah Wilkinson, Chief Executive of NHS Digital, commenting on Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt's commitment to ensuring patients can access a range of services via an app or browser by the end of 2018, said:
"We welcome the Secretary of State's clear vision for the provision of technology services which will empower citizens to access NHS services and manage their health. Good digital services will make care safer and more accessible and free-up more time for doctors and nurses to spend with patients.
"We are already working intently towards the delivery of these outcomes and have made substantial progress, in areas including enhancing 111 Online and NHS.UK and launching Acute and Mental Health Global Digital Exemplars.
"We are committed to achieving the targets outlined by the Secretary of State, by the end of 2018. This will be great cause for celebration at the end of the NHS's 70th birthday year."