By Catherine Kennedy, PaperCut: It’s well publicised that the healthcare sector is facing challenges – from rising costs and staff shortages, to increasing demand for services, recovery from the duress of the global Covid pandemic, and on top of it all, demands for more investment in digital health.

Over five years ago the UK National Health Service published its plans to go paperless.

In 2023, UK national newspaper The Times accessed records for NHS England, the health organisation which manages the NHS, which showed that hospitals spent more than £234 million ($284 million) on the storage of paper medical records in the year to April 2022. This equates to an enormous number of printed materials still being produced and stored, despite the aims set out in 2018.

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Source: PaperCut