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What does Jeremy Hunt eat for breakfast? I'll have what he's having

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I can’t believe what I’ve just read. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said he wants 15% of NHS users to regularly access their GP record via smartphone apps by 2016/17. Apparently he went further by suggesting patients should be able to modify their patient records via smartphone and plug in devices such as digital step counters to upload data to their record. I’d really like to know what he has for breakfast in the mornings that enables him to dream this stuff up. It sounds fun and I’d like to try it please.

Seriously though, what planet is this man on? Does he really think patients uploading daily step data to their medical record will be of any help to GPs? Maybe he does. Perhaps this is a cunning plan to claw back even more money from practices by incorporating the data into QOF? You can just see it happening – QOF requirements in the future will mean we not only have to record exercise advice but unless the patients record shows they have actually done the exercise there’s no payment. The whole idea is actually brilliant in its simplicity.

Perhaps he expects us to be monitoring patients via our smartphones 24 hours a day so we can send an encouraging text message to the lazy ones who aren’t exercising enough? What would yours say?

Anyway, if I can’t get hold of Mr Hunt’s breakfast cereal I’ll just have to keep hitting the FFS button more often.

Dr Hadrian Moss is a GP in Kettering, Northamptonshire. You can tweet him at@DrHMoss

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  • Some cannabis herb toppings I bet as that lobby was able to get a debate in Westminster with half the signatures than NHS personnel. You have to be really high in the clouds to concoct such fairytales.

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  • We are slaves , we have no spine no courage in strength
    We are weak whipped and made of rubber

    The few who were around are around are just at the Battle of Cameron
    We all knew the outcome
    Sadly we have no Jean Danjou and I see no honour valour fidelity and Liberty discipline

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  • Grilled cuckoo on a base of cloud

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  • He eats GPs. Till GPC decide he needs us more than we need him. Why are we not balloting to walk away ? What is the GPC afraid of?

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  • If we move to payment by results i.e paid for what actuly what we do, the patients need to have there records on smart phone.

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  • Continuous monitoring is the direction in which healthcare is going like it or not. I realise this takes power away from the GPs, but healthcare should be about the patient. The short-term 15% app usage target is merely a platform to introduce technologies that are in the pipeline.

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  • I am not bothered about loss of "power" (though not feeling particularly powerful in any event). What I do want is a medical record that is useful for doctors involved in and therefore responsible for the care of the patient. Patients can keep whatever records they wish - just don't adulterate mine

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  • Thanks for the clarification. This comes back to a discussion I had a couple of weeks ago concerning data for data's sake when it comes to predictive and reactive healthcare. Nice to hear your view corresponds with what was discussed from another area of healthcare (as I'm assuming you're a GP here).

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  • Has to be Magic Mushrooms, with huge portion of carrots to be such a clear visionary.
    Oh hail the leader.

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  • it must be LSD to cause his insane delusional hallucinations and idiotic ravings.....................either that or he is an alien from another galaxy..who would have more understanding of the nhs than him.
    i would rather he be replaced by a taxi driver..or almost anyone else..

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