BT said that by the end of June this year the company was due to deliver a single sign-on so that doctors and nurses would need to log on to systems only once a day. The company would also deliver a portal - a common user interface - through which clinicians and others would be able to access the care records service and electronic booking of appointments.
The new systems will have, potentially, more than 49 million users. The e-booking system will allow thousands of appointments to be booked per hour.
By the end of this year a new national data spine would hold a summary of a patient's demographic details. The systems will validate addresses, and a national directory will hold details of roles, permissions and authorisations of NHS staff who will be able to access e-booking and patient records.
Testing of the spine development work is due this month and an initial launch of the spine and e-booking service is planned for 30 June .
Access to central records of patient information is due to go online before the end of this year.
This was first published in March 2004