BMJ: NHS misses target for introducing electronic records

The British Medical Journal has a piece about how the National Health Service: ‘…has completely missed last month�s target to introduce electronic patient records across a third of acute hospitals�much as the medical profession had predicted. Department of Health officials admitted this month that only 3% of acute hospitals had introduced level 3 electronic patient records by 31 March, compared with the target of 35% set in its 1998 information technology (IT) strategy, Information for Health…”GPs have always been more computerised than secondary care. The fact that we can�t exchange results is a continuing source of frustration for us,” said Dr Cundy. “They�ve spent millions of pounds on new systems, which�by the time they are delivered�are obsolete and don�t work.” ‘

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