Security worries have stymied promotion of electronic records in NHS, conference hears

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 12 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2324
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

Concerns about the security of data have crippled efforts to bring about a technology revolution in the NHS, a conference has heard.

Experts said that the care of patients could benefit from the appropriate sharing of information in electronic health records but that too strong a focus on the risks of confidentiality breaches had held back progress.

The seminar, “Health Records, Innovation and Implementing the Information Strategy—Bringing the Technology Revolution to the NHS,” was held by the Westminster Health Forum in London on 9 April.

The Labour peer Patrick Carter, who co-chaired the seminar, said, “We’ve had 10 very sterile years …

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