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NHS misses target for introducing electronic records

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 13 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:870
  1. Katherine Burke
  1. London

    The NHS has completely missed last month's target to introduce electronic patient records across a third of acute hospitals—much as the medical profession had predicted. Department of Health officials admitted this month that only 3% of acute hospitals had introduced level 3 electronic patient records by 31 March, compared with the target of 35% set in its 1998 information technology (IT) strategy, Information for Health.

    No results have been released for the other seven targets for March set in the 1998 strategy, suggesting that they are also showing disappointing progress.

    A level 3 electronic patient record for a single episode of care would cover four areas: prescribing details, tests and procedures ordered, test results, and the “integrated care pathway”—to project manage the patient's care. A department spokeswoman admitted that there have …

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