http://www.guardian.co.uk/healthcare-ne ... are-recordDH encourages NHS to get on with summary care record creation
The Department of Health wants to see most people in England issued with an SCR by 2013-14
* SA Mathieson
* Guardian Professional, Monday 24 October 2011 14.23 BSTThe government is encouraging health service organisations to accelerate creation of summary care records (SCRs), with the aim of having them in place for most patients by 2013-14.
The Department of Health says that 9.12m SCRs have been created, but that 33.81m people have been sent letters about the records. Only a small proportion, 1.25%, have chosen to opt out of the system.
A graph published recently in The Quarter, an official departmental publication for health and social care professionals, shows that it had expected about 13m SCRs to be in place by June this year, which ended in June, but that the actual figure at that point was 6.9m.
The publication points out that only nine primary care trust areas had reached 'critical mass', with more than 60% of patients with SCRs.