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SCRs set to hit 40m by 2014

21st September 2012

The NHS Summary Care Record Programme is on target to cover the records of over 40 million patients by the end of 2014.

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According to the Department of Health's national clinical director for informatics Dr Charles Gutteridge, they have plans to hit 40.4 million records by March 2012.

Dr Gutteridge told E-Heath Insider that the DH planned to reach 42 million records by the close of 2014.

Over 18 million people already have a summary care record, but they are unevenly distributed around the country.

Some parts of the country have not begun to publish summary care records, while areas such as Bury and Darlington offer all registered patients one.

The DH has set up an new advisory board in order to examine how to expand the data on the records.

Dr Gutteridge explained: "That’s still a working process. But what’s possible right now is at an individual level if you and your GP agree on specific structured data items that they have in the current GP record, with explicit consent, they can load that extra data."

"There’s not widespread use of this but there’s interest in particular specialist societies to do that kind of data upload."

 

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