New Minister heeds 2020health’s advice on SCR

Simon Burns revealed in a letter to the BMA on Friday that the Summary Care Record IS under review – as we recommended in our “not to be ignored” ‘Fixing NHS IT’ report. In his letter he said: “Using summary care records effectively depends on patients and doctors feeling an ownership of these records, rather than them being perceived as something imposed by a central arm of government. Reviewing how best to achieve this will be part of the wider project of reviewing how information and technology can best be leveraged within the health service.”

However Trusts are still sending out letters to patients and there is total confusion at the front-line over what should be happening. Today, Christine Connelly, head of the Department for Health ‘Connecting for Health’ programme was supposed to be at “SmarthealthcareLive Conference” answering questions but pulled out – leaving them all unanswered. We hear that another report is in the pipeline also recommending a halt to the SCR and saying that they represent a huge amount of wasted money.

The tragedy is that we NEED good, locally held electronic records to facilitate improved care and stop all the massive amount of time wasted on lost records, form filling, repeating information, prescribing errors etc etc. The review is urgently needed and we are delighted that it is underway.

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About Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social pioneer, writer, campaigner and commentator. Formerly a clinical optometrist specialising in diabetes and visual impairment, she is the founder and Director of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal and Social. 2020health has through research, events and campaigning influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. In 2014, 2020health were founding partners of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Since 2016, 2020health has increasingly focused on digital health and public health in the community. Julia is a Fellow of the RSA and now also a part-time PhD student at the UCL Interaction Centre, studying the use of digital technology for stress management in the workplace. Julia has shared 2020health's research widely in the media (BBC News, ITV, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions & Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 4 Today, PM and Woman's Hour, LBC) and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week.
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