NHS Digital has announced the free availability of Microsoft Teams to health service organisations to support their response to the coronavirus.
It said the service will be available for three months as a tool for remote and mobile working.
The technology organisation for the health service in England is implementing it this week for NHSmail users, while Microsoft has said other organisations can have access and will need to contact it directly.
They will also have access to NHS Digital’s support site for NHSmail to help them in the implementation.
The platform will be monitored and protected within the perimeter security provided by the NHS Secure Boundary.
Ian Phoenix, director of technology at NHS Digital said: “Technology is key to supporting patients who are self-isolating and makes sure they have the information they need and access to medical support and advice. For doctors and NHS staff this means that working remotely becomes much easier and more practical.”
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