NHS starts uploading clinical data to central computer

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 22 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:604
  1. Michael Cross
  1. London

    The long delayed uploading of clinical information on to a central computer system for the NHS in England began this week. Extracts from the records of 14 500 patients from two GP practices in Bolton, Lancashire, will be made available to other local health services in the national care records system unless patients exercise one of two levels of opt-out, the NHS agency Connecting for Health has announced.

    Officials said the upload, originally due to start in 2004, would proceed cautiously and be subject to independent evaluation. “We are not pushing the pace. …

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