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NHS services move to the cloud

The NHS 111 Directory of Services (DoS) and the NHS e-Referral Service (e-RS) has saved public money by making their services more secure and efficient through migrating to the cloud.

18m referrals are handled by a national electronic booking service called e-RS every year. Patients are given the choice to book first clinic or hospital appointments online. The Date, place and time can be chosen and appointments can also be changed or cancelled at the same time.

Patients across the country are connected with the right services with the help with the DoS which is a very important 24/7 national services.

Using AWS Cloud Computing, the D0S and 2-RS are the first of many NHS systems to have completed migration to the cloud and were motivated by with the Government’s “Cloud First” policy.

Neil Bennett, Director of Services at NHS Digital, said: “There is a wealth of benefits that come from moving large systems like e-RS and DoS to the cloud.  Costs are lowered, reducing pressure on the public purse, there is better security and reliability, as well as greater flexibility, performance, scalability and availability, to name a few.

“This was a tremendous collaborative effort across many different teams here and with external partners, to migrate such large systems with a minimum of disruption to users, in a reasonably short timescale.”

Ben Tongue, Sustainability Manager at NHS Digital, said:  “Cloud migration is a key element of our sustainability strategy at NHS Digital, because it offers real benefits in terms of energy saving.  Large cloud operators like AWS provide significant energy and carbon savings against enterprise and legacy systems.

“We are working with AWS to achieve full transparency on the energy use and carbon impact of the contract, so that we can continue to focus on ensuring that our storage systems are as energy efficient as possible, reducing carbon emissions and minimising environmental impact.”

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