Don't bully patients into Summary Care Records opt out

Quicksilva, a company that works organisations involved with the NHS Connecting For Health programme, to help them access the NHS Spine, says that an immediate boycott of Summary Care Records will increase costs and delay healthcare modernisation.

Gayna Hart, MD of Quicksilva says:

“The BMA’s recent letter to health minister Mike O’Brien, calling for an immediate halt to the rollout of electronic records on grounds that it is being deployed at “break neck speed”, doesn’t acknowledge that it is part of larger project and has been planned for five years now.

“Calling for an immediate boycott will further increase costs and delay healthcare modernisation. Electronic records will form a crucial part of the modern NHS and will help eliminate NHS data errors which could slow down treatment times and put patients at risk.

“The Audit Commission’s recent data quality assurance programme under payment by results, showed that NHS key data sets contained error rates which varied from 0.3 per cent to 52 per cent. From these findings it is clear that the quality of data is not what it needs to be to meet the demands now being placed upon it.

“Shared electronic records will help eliminate these data inaccuracies and should streamline NHS patient journeys providing a better experience all round. An opt-out of three months seems satisfactory to me. However more effort will need to be made to raise awareness of the benefits to be gained from the system before patients are scare-mongered into opting-out.”


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