E-medical records chaos9th November 2006
Problems with new software being introduced to transfer paper medical records onto computer has thrown up extraordinary figures for the childhood immunisation programme.
The nationwide programme has shown up to 60 per cent more jabs have been given than should have been at surgeries across London, with some children getting up to nine jabs in a single day.
The Department of Health has said children are getting the right doses, while the British Medical Association rejects any claims that doctors have fiddled their figures.
Instead it looks like a problem with the Child Health Interim Application software, which is being used by 10 primary care trusts in London, where the problem has been unearthed.
The Health Protection Agency says most trusts have been unable to submit data using the BT software which forms part of the £20bn IT project Connecting for Health.
Coverage for the childhood immunisation programme is around 95 per cent, with surgeries paid by the proportion of take-up among children.
The problems are being investigated. In a separate problem, another computer system in London appears to have missed thousands of children off its system.
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