The Treasury has signed off NHS England’s £260m technology fund, the body’s technology chief has announced.
NHS England director of strategic systems and technology Beverley Bryant revealed via Twitter chancellor George Osborne had rubber-stamped the spending.
HSJ has asked NHS England for further details about which organisations have been awarded funding.
The fund, outlined in the Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards policy document in July, has been set up to help trusts at all stages of their clinical digital maturity progress towards achieving full electronic patient record systems.
The document cited integrated care digital records within and between organisations; e-prescribing and open source technology as areas trusts could potentially secure funding for.
It also outlined plans to rate and rank hospital’s digital clinical maturity.
NHS England last month established the integrated digital care records group to drive this agenda, which among other programmes, will oversee projects aiming to integrate health and social care records by March 2015.
Ms Bryant has also revealed at the EHI Live Conference last month that about £20m of the fund has been earmarked for open source projects.