The government has announced plans to invest £100m in the NHS for the use of mobile technology including digital pens and other handheld devices.
In a joint announcement, the prime minister David Cameron and health secretary Jeremy Hunt said the investment would free up the time nurses and midwives spend on paperwork, so they can spend more time with patients.
"Too often nurses have been met with a barrage of bureaucracy - the boxes have been ticked and the quotas have been met," said Cameron.
"My mission with the NHS is to change that. We need to focus relentlessly on improving the care people get, and we're taking some big, practical steps to achieve that."
Under the scheme, nurses and midwives will be able to choose which types of mobile technology are best suited for their workplace.
The NHS will be loaned the cash to fund the new initiative, but will be only required to repay a percentage of the loan.
The government has also promised those running hospital wards or A&E units that they will not have to pay back the loan, if they do well in the Friends and Family Test which will be introduced in every hospital next year.
"Most nurses and midwives chose their profession because they wanted to spend time caring for patients, not filling out paperwork. New technology can make that happen," said Hunt.
"That's better for nurses and patients too, who will get swifter information and more face-to-face time with NHS staff."
This new batch of government funding in the NHS follows massive budget cuts in hospitals, GP surgeries and other areas of the health sector.
Gail Adams, head of nursing for public sector trade union Unison, welcomed the new round of government investment, but questioned the decision to invest in new technology rather than more staff.
"Nurses and midwives want initiatives to help cut down bureaucracy, so they would welcome this investment in IT. But if the government is serious about helping nurses to do their jobs better then it must reverse the tide of job losses and the funding squeeze currently hitting the NHS," said Adams.
"What patients need most is dignified, compassionate care. To deliver this we need well trained, well motivated staff on the wards and at their bedside."
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