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.