UK government expects private firms to manage patients’ online records

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 14 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2446
  1. Michael Cross
  1. 1London

Government plans for an “information revolution” in the English NHS will include encouraging commercial firms to manage online health records on behalf of patients, said the official in charge.

Christine Connelly, chief information officer for health at the Department of Health, said that plans to be published later this year would allow patients to take control of—though not to delete—their GP record.

“The intention is to give individual patients the ability to take a copy of their record and load up in a [computer] tool of their choice, and we expect the market to provide these rather than the Department of Health,” …

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