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Care record rules were never relaxed

I would like to clarify the suggestions that Summary Care Record alerts are becoming unmanageable.

This comment originated from Bolton PCT's Summary Care Record Project Board minutes and has been taken out of context.

Between June and September this year, Bolton PCT worked in partnership with Connecting for Health and BT on a pilot to test the benefits

of using a mobile electronic device to access the care record.

These devices were given to a team of district nurses, who used them while they were visiting patients in their homes. This pilot has now ended.

During the pilot, all accesses to the care record generated an alert, which was then manually checked by the PCT's data manager. This was time-consuming and is what was referred to in the project board minutes.

Learning from the pilot is being considered and will be acted upon. At no point has Bolton PCT relaxed the checking of alerts.

Chris Russ, assistant director of information management and technology, Bolton PCT

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