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.

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