Welsh health secretary, Vaughan Gething has announced that a funding package worth £11.33 million will be given to the Welsh NHS in a bid to improve its IT infrastructure.
“This funding will enable NHS organisations to purchase new PCs and laptops, to improve wi-fi connectivity and invest in servers, storage and improved back-up capacity,” said Gething. “This investment is in response to what NHS organisations tell us they need to ensure that their IT infrastructure remains safe, secure and fit for purpose into the future.”
The funding announcement follows last year’s announcement that the government would spend £6.7 million on linking health and social care after the publication of Informed Health and Care: a digital health and social care strategy for Wales in December last year.
Gething was also keen to emphasise that the investment would benefit multiple parts of the country’s NHS. He commented: “The money will be shared between all the health boards and a range of other NHS organisations, including (cancer centre) Velindre and the Welsh Ambulance Service.”
It is hoped that the funding boost will help replace aging IT systems and bring Wales’ NHS into the digital age. It has been suggested that Wales lags behind the rest of the country when it comes to digital healthcare.