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'E-audit' tool for practice data trial

Connecting for Health is launching a pilot scheme to investigate the effectiveness of an electronic audit tool to measure the quality of practice data.

All practices must eventually complete the audit in order to upload their patient notes to the planned national shared care record.

It is also part of the criteria for the IM&T directed enhanced service.

About 50 practices have signed up to the pilot. They will seek to identify more than 100 of the most common data entry errors, such as 'orphaned' prescriptions where there is no accompanying diagnosis.

Dr Gillian Braunold, a GP in North West London and joint national clinical lead for Connecting for Health, said: 'This is to see if the e-audits – which have been developed through the data accreditation board and PRIMIS – are worth using.'

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