Computer Weekly has looked at the claim on BBC R4's Today programme this morning that the Summary Care Records - a key part of the £12.7bn NHS programme for IT (NPfIT) - will save lives.
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A senior official at NHS Connecting for Health suggested to Today that the death of journalist Penny Campbell could have been avoided had her medical details been recorded on the Summary Care Records database by a succession of doctors who saw her before she died.
But the Summary Care Records' Oracle database, which is run by BT under contract to the Department of Health, contains only limited information which may not be updated in real-time. It is questionable whether its existence would have prevented Campbell's death.