Hospitals to have e-records by 2014

NHS hospitals will need to have operational electronic patient records working by April 2014 to meet the data flow requirements set by the NHS Commissioning Board and as a milestone towards making the NHS paperless by 2018.Tim Kelsey, the NHS Commissioning Board’s mercurial director of patients and information, told eHealth Insider: “We’ve said that by April 2014 we are expecting a flow of data out of hospital electronic records, and this clearly implies trusts must have electronic records in place.”

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt announced last week that he wanted electronic records and communications in place across health and social care by 2018 in a speech to the Policy Exchange think-tank.

Hunt's vision will have to be achieved without central funding. However, in support of his speech, the DH issued a report from PriceWaterHouseCoopers suggesting that the NHS could save £4 billion by adopting new technology, including IT to make information available to clinicians at the point of care.
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