DoH resumes Summary Care Records rollout

Summary:After a review in 2010, the Department of Health has restarted the creation of centralised electronic medical records for all NHS patients in England

The Department of Health has restarted the process of creating centralised electronic medical records for all NHS patients in England.

In April 2010, the Department of Health (DoH) partly suspended the creation of Summary Care Records (SCRs) — electronic patient records containing basic medical information such as medication, allergies and adverse reactions — while it reviewed whether SCRs were being created for patients without their full consent.

On Thursday, the DoH announced it has restarted the process of sending letters to patients asking them if they want a SCR created for them.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see NHS: Electronic medical records get green light on silicon.com


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