Last month, the Department of Health confirmed that it was ditching its plans for a single clinical record system for England. Instead, IT policy will be devolved to local NHS organisations. On the face of it, this new emphasis on local flexibility may sound appealing but we should not forget the potential hazards that come with fragmented IT.
The original plan would in essence have created a single set of medical records for all patients, to which patients could grant access to clinicians working in any part of the NHS. The alternative we are now facing will be a separate, partial...Continue reading