Hospital prepares to test use of “cloud” technology for sharing patient records

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 21 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3938
  1. Michael Cross
  1. 1London

Patients and their home carers will share clinical information with GPs and staff in an NHS acute trust across an “information cloud” if a London research project bears fruit. Demonstrations will begin next month at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital of a system designed to seamlessly integrate acute, primary, and home care, the project’s leaders said this week.

The so called “e-health cloud” will test one approach to the government’s stated ambition for NHS patients in England to take control of their health records. It will also attract intense scrutiny over …

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