Electronic patient records are revitalised with new opt-out letter

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 05 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2197
  1. Michael Cross
  1. 1London

The BMA has cautiously welcomed a new opt-out procedure introduced under a new drive to create electronic summary health records for NHS patients in England. The new letter, to be mailed out by primary care trusts, attempts to defuse a long running row over consent by including a postage paid, opt-out form for patients who object to having their details loaded onto the national summary care record.

The summary care record, created as part of the NHS’s £13bn (€15bn, $21bn) national programme for IT in England, makes patients’ demographic data, together with details of allergies, adverse reactions, and current prescriptions, available to clinicians …

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