Leaders in the NHS have set out a framework to improve healthcare services by using technology, starting with online access to patient medical records by 2015 via apps and other digital platforms.
The plans have been set out by the National Information Board (NIB), established by the Department of Health and chaired by Tim Kelsey, national director for patients and information at NHS England.
GP services are on target to achieve the 2015 deadline, but other parts of the healthcare sector lag behind. Hospitals, community health, mental health and social care services have been given a target of 2018.
The system will provide patients with detailed information on every health service visit, prescription, test result, and allergies and reactions to drugs, allowing them to enter care preferences and feedback alongside official medical notes.
The plans also include a digital 'red book' that allows parents to manage children's medical records from mobile devices.
"New mothers will now be able to carry their red book around with them on their smartphone or tablet as the NHS moves towards offering digital Personal Child Health Records," said Kelsey.
"This will put an end to worrying about leaving your child's information at home when going for a review, vaccination or emergency treatment."
The framework appears to buck the move by the NHS to halt its Care.data initiative, which aimed to establish a database of patient information but was canned owing to a lack of public awareness.
The NIB framework also details further action to digitise healthcare services, including making use of real-time information on a person's health and care, and using data to improve the quality and delivery of care.
The idea is to achieve a situation where patients have to explain their situation to a health service worker only once, as ensuring that medical records are available across the healthcare system will improve the co-ordination of care.
Describing the NIB's ambition to make the NHS a "digital pioneer", Kelsey said: "We must embrace modern technology to help us lead healthier lives and, if we want, to take more control when [we] are ill."
Kelsey highlighted in September that the NHS needs to make better use of digital data if it is to make the £22bn in efficiency savings it needs to survive.
Insecticides based on sulfoxaflor might be as bad for bees as neonicotinoids
Intel teases forthcoming new graphics card accompanied by the text "We will set our graphics free"
Think your password manager is completely secure? Think again...
ARM plans 7nm 'Deimos' for 2019 and 5nm and 7nm 'Hercules' for 2020