The Department of Health has spent more than £700,000 on a project
to study the impact of introducing centralised medical records — but is
pushing ahead with the project before the study has even been completed.
Health authorities in most areas of England are currently preparing
to create Summary Care Records (SCR) — electronic records of a person's
allergies and drug prescriptions stored on a central database.
Strategic Health Authorities across England have been given until
March of next year to begin creating SCRs for patients, with the first
SCRs in the national rollout going live in London last November.
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