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Thursday, November 24, 2005

No sealed envelopes for first summary records

No sealed envelopes for first summary records

According to E-Health Insider an announcement was made, at the NHS Coonecting for Health Care Records Development Board Conference, that no ‘sealed envelope’ technology will be available for the very first release of the NHS Care Record Service next year.

There are some nebulous statements about still protecting patients rights over their own records and a Connecting for Health spokesman explained: “The approach will involve discussion between the patient and clinician about what they think appropriate to put on the shared record in the first instance.”

This appears to be a prgmatic solution to further implementation delays however the risk must surely be that it will break the NHS Care Records Guarentee issued by the Department of Health in May this year

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