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.


About Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social entrepreneur, writer, campaigner and commentator. She is based in London and is the founder and Chief Executive of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal. Through networking, technology, research, relationships and campaigning 2020health has influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. Julia studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991. Her career has included being a visiting lecturer at City University, a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital, working with south London Primary Care Trusts and as a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. She specialised in diabetes (University of Warwick Certificate in Diabetic Care) and founded Julia Manning Eyecare in 2004, a home and prison visiting practice for people with mental and physical disabilities using the latest digital technology, which she sold to Healthcall (now part of Specsavers) in 2009. Experiences of working in the NHS, contributing to policy development, raising two children in the inner-city and standing in the General Election in Bristol in 2005 led to Julia forming 2020health at the end of 2006. Julia is a regular guest on TV and radio shows such as BBC News, ITV’s Daybreak/ GMB, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions, BBC Radio, LBC and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week. She is mum to a rugby-mad son, a daughter passionate about Shakespeare, and wife of a comprehensive school assistant head-teacher. She loves gardening, ballet, Zimbabwe, her Westies Skye and Angus, is an honorary research associate at UCL and a Fellow of the RSA.
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