The Department of Health has appointed a taskforce to help implement a planned central electronic health records repository.
Health minister Lord Warner announced the formation of the NHS Summary Care Record Taskforce to identify and examine the concerns of patients and GPs in the creation of the care records summary system, one of the core elements of the NHS National Programme for IT.
The taskforce will also draw up an agreed plan for the implementation of the database, and will report to ministers in November on its work.
A summary of each patient care record will be stored on a national database known as the Spine to ensure that particularly important patient information is always accessible.
The new taskforce will concentrate on the producing the summaries. The Care Record Development Board has been working on the Spine for the last two years.
The taskforce will be chaired by Harry Cayton, the Department of Health's national director for patients and the public.
Other members include British Medical Association chair James Johnson, Royal College of GPs chair Dr Mayur Lakhani, and general secretary of the Royal College of Nurses Dr Beverly Malone.
The first early phases of the NHS Care Records Service will be rolled out from early 2007.
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