Electronic medical records a step closer
England Changes Stance on Patient Consent Policy for Electronic Records
A national electronic record of patients’ health looks finally on the cards five years late after the NHS IT programme on Thursday changed the way patients will give their consent to the system.
Providing a brief, summary electronic patient record has been a key driver for the £12bn ($22bn) NHS IT programme, which will create a detailed, local electronic record as well as the shorter one available nationally, providing doctors with recent medical history, medications and allergies in an emergency or out of hours.
Tony Blair, then prime minister, declared as long ago as 1997 that the electronic record would mean that “if you live in Birmingham and have an accident while you are, for example, in Bradford, it should be possible for your records to be instantly available to the doctors treating you”.