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Summary Care Records to be available on mobile phones

Summary Care Records are to be expanded and will be accessible through a mobile phone, NHS England has announced.

In its ‘Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards; Achieving an integrated digital care record’ document, NHS England said it had commissioned the Health and Social Care Information Centre to add a range of patient details to the SCR, including immunisations, significant past problems and procedures and end of life care they have received.

This would make it more useful for secondary care doctors, the document said: ‘The increased level of standardised information within the SCR significantly enhances its value to secondary care clinicians.’

It added: ‘The list of integrated solutions able to access the SCR is expected to grow and to include mobile device platforms.’

Work is also underway to explore the introduction of an SCR ‘spine mini service’, which allows integration of the SCR into local, bespoke systems and portals.

However, NHS England admitted that in future it may not need to centrally provide an SCR because the information will be transferred seamlessly between primary and secondary care settings.

Earlier this year the GPC’s IT lead called for the SCR programme to be scrapped, because only a small proportion of records are being accessed and the current utilisation rate means each viewing to date has effectively cost an estimated £1,200.

Pulse also revealed that thousands of SCRs were created without patients being given the choice to opt out, in an NHS blunder the DH said was caused by ‘human error.’

Readers' comments (3)

  • Hadrian Moss

    This all seems a total waste of time and effort.
    What needs to happen is complete interoperability between primary care record systems first. So GPs on a day to day basis can access records of patients registering from a different practice.
    Once this is implemented secondary care can access the same record via an appropriately secure browser which makes the whole concept of the Summary Care Record somewhat redundant.
    Perhaps the millions of tax payers pounds wasted could have been better utilised by paying the main GP system suppliers to implement interoperability in the first place?

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  • Give responsibility to patients.
    Smart card to access health service, system compatibility to update card, master back up copy at GP surgery. No card -no care. If being scrapped off the road SCR and history is almost redundant in the first few hours of care. Perhaps VISA and MASTERCARD will offer and integration service, would pacify theis government drive for private investment. I cannot remmeber the last time I was out without one of those.

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  • SCRs can already be viewed on mobile phones for Unscheduled Care Services using Advanced Health & Care's product called Adastra. This is nothing new and has been live for quite a while now.

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