Health secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to announce the coming of an app for Britain's National Health Service that will be online by the end of 2018.
A recent study found the NHS to be the best healthcare system in the world and this new app aims to keep this standard high by making a number of services far more accessible to patients. When the app does roll out, it is supposedly not going to be just one national app, but rather a number of different apps for each different region of Britain.
The new app will apparently offer a number of things such as giving patients the ability to access online health advice, see their test results and health records, book an appointment with their GP, order repeat prescriptions, opt in and out of organ donation schemes, and also allow patients to dictate how much of their personal data is being shared across the rest of the health service.
This is certainly a good example of the NHS modernizing and improving its service, and a similar AI-powered app was already being trialed in parts of London, but integrating the health service with technology does come with risks and challenges as the NHS learned following the global WannaCry attack earlier this year.