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Medical records go online

16th November 2009

Patient records togo live in London as part of a long delayed government programme.


The upgrade, which cost £12 billion, has been delayed for four years and experienced multiple setbacks.

The summary care record will hold information about a patient's allergies, medications and other health data.

The new records will allow any doctor treating a patient to insert their own comments. The government hopes that this will allow medical staff to share data more easily.

In February this year Andrew Way, chief executive of London's Royal Free Hospital, said trials of the new system had brought about "heartache and hard work".

He added that the trust had spent £10 million because of technical issues but he was still in favour of making patient records electronic.

Health minister Mike O'Brien said: "Having the right information at the right time can make all the difference to patients' experience of urgent care."

Ruth Carnall, chief executive of NHS London, said: "Getting hold of health records for London's highly mobile population often presents real challenges to doctors and nurses when patients need out-of-hours and emergency care."


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Article Information

Title: Medical records go online
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 13275
Date Added: 16th Nov 2009


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