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Summary Care Records created for 40 million patients

Almost 80% of the population of England now have a Summary Care Record (SCR) with the number of records created passing 40 million, NHS England has revealed.

Usage amongst clinicians is also rising as an SCR is accessed roughly every 30 seconds, amounting to 19,000 entries a week. NHS England will now focus on rolling the scheme out to A&E, NHS 111 and GP out-of hours services, it said.

The 2014/15 GMS contract makes it a requirement for GPs to provide an automatic upload of patient information to the SCR, and provide patients with online access to this information, by April 2015.

NHS England’s director of strategic systems and technology, Beverley Bryant, said: ‘The value of the Summary Care Record is being seen in a number of care settings with viewing volumes now growing quickly on the back of the great progress in making records available.’

‘This in turn is driving the main objectives which are improvement in patient care and efficiencies in the NHS.’

Pulse revealed earlier this year that NHS England expect GPs to provide patient record access beyond the details of the SCR, after conceding that meeting the minimum requirements would lead to ‘no meaningful improvement’ for patients.