The national programme for IT saved the NHS £208m in 2006-07, a report on the benefits of the programme is expected to say.

The figure is based on what NHS organisations have reported to the programme as savings brought about through its implementation locally - from procuring systems centrally to saving on data storage space.

It will be included in a statement on the benefits of the national programme that is due to be published tomorrow.

The report is the first benefits statement, which NHS Connecting for Health committed to publishing each year in response to the 2006 National Audit Office report on the national programme.

It is expected to highlight the introduction of the picture archiving and communications system in every trust in England and the use of choose and book to make more than 50 per cent of patient referrals.

In an introduction to the report, NHS leaders will to be told by NHS chief executive David Nicholson to "seize and exploit" the opportunities presented to them by new information technology.