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Patients to be allowed to 'enhance and update' GP records

Patients will be allowed to ‘enhance and update’ their GP record eventually as part of NHS England’s plans to expand online access, says the body’s IT lead.

Beverly Bryant, NHS England director of strategic systems and technology, said patients being able to add to GP records was a ‘basic building block’ of what they were trying to achieve.

The 2014/15 GP contract regulations requires GPs to provide patients with access to the information in their summary care record by 2015, as a part of the Goverment’s drive towards a ‘paperless NHS’ by 2018.

Ms Bryant went even further when speaking at a Westminster Health forum event today, saying that patients should be able to add to their own records.

She said: ‘I feel we’ve talked about telehealth too much in terms of the technology, too much in terms of the kit. We need the basic building blocks in place – which means access to GP records, the patient being able to see what is held about them and - within time - enhance and update it.’

She added: ‘The focus needs to be on interoperability and information sharing between and across care settings, because then telehealth will really have its place at that front end working for the patient to help them manage their care.’

An NHS England spokesperson told Pulse: ‘We are still working through the details with BMA and RCGP colleagues’.

 

Readers' comments (17)

  • Either this is an April Fool or a really dangerous idea.

    Patients are not regulated by the GMC nor bound by the Hippocratic Oath and some of them are corrupt... even criminals get NHS care, and quite rightly so. But this means you cannot allow patients to alter the medical record, which is a legal document.

    Can you imagine how you would defend yourself if someone altered their record and this led to claims of negligence against you.

    Medical records are used as evidence in cases of assault, child and domestic abuse. How would you stop a controlling partner/parent from altering records against the wishes of the patient.

    This WILL happen if you allow patients to update records.

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  • excellent points 7:50. patient centredness must be safe and within the law

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  • I'm not sure I see the advantage of this. Sure patients should be able to see their notes (they already can via a variety of mechanisms) and request corrects etc but write in them?

    It would be like defendants in a trial being able to re-write the court transcript. A set of medical notes is a factual medical account of a clinician's findings. It isn't a blog.

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  • This has to be an April Fool!.

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  • If GPs have difficulties changing incorrect medical records of patients how can patients themselves possibly do this ?

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  • This will be interesting! It will be possible to do an audit trail and see that information was added by a patient and not by us. Deflections are more difficult to establish.
    The major problem I can see is being expected to verify information as accurate for third parties. I presume that we would have to inform them if an entry, correction or deletion was by the patient, verify that it is correct and inform the patient if we disagree. The extract does not give an automatic audit trail.

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  • This will be interesting! It will be possible to do an audit trail and see that information was added by a patient and not by us. Deflections are more difficult to establish.
    The major problem I can see is being expected to verify information as accurate for third parties. I presume that we would have to inform them if an entry, correction or deletion was by the patient, verify that it is correct and inform the patient if we disagree. The extract does not give an automatic audit trail.

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  • Not sure that patients will be able to change/delete any records. I suspect that a new page will be created which will store any data created by patients!

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  • I can only imagine that the input of the patient will be kept completely separate. I'm sure they wont be aloowed to change what a clinician has entered but might be able to comment on it! Regardless of how it's administered I think it's a really bad idea.

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  • Dr Mustapha Tahir

    Patients may as well be allowed to type in the consultations and write what they wish. The whole idea seems bizarre. In my opinion.

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