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England’s top doctor calls on NHS to use tech to revamp outpatient system

England’s top doctor is calling on the NHS to enlist the power of tech and innovation to reduce the thousands of unnecessary outpatient appointments carried out every day.

In his foreword to Royal College of Physicians report published today, NHS England medical director, Professor Stephen Powis, says it’s time to “grasp the nettle” to help reduce some of the 118 million outpatient appointments every year – many of which are unnecessary.

Today he calls on trusts and CCGs to embrace Skype, apps and online tools so thousands of patients will be spared hospital visits, time off work and school while also saving the NHS millions.