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[Editorial] Is digital medicine different?

To coincide with the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service (NHS) on July 5, a new NHS app enabling patients to make appointments, order repeat prescriptions, access their general practitioner (GP) records, and make urgent medical queries was announced by Jeremy Hunt, then UK Secretary for Health and Social Care. The app, developed by NHS England and NHS Digital, will be freely available from December, 2018. Hunt acknowledged that while technology has transformed many sectors, the health sector has remained comparatively unchanged.