RAC Newsletter December 2007
“Welcome to the Record Access Collaborative Progress Report which covers the last 3 months or so. As always activity and developments in the field have been steady.
In the UK, Wales is developing full records access to practices. HealthSpace has begun its pilots, accompanied as always by controversy. EMIS/PAERS has gone national, switching on all EMIS practices for record access if they want to take it up.
In Europe, we feature France and Germany as they begin trials of record access. In the US, Microsoft and Google are entering the field, stimulating a lot of controversy, reflected here.
Patient experiences are featured again and remain very positive.
As an introduction, however, we feature 2 important contributions. The first is a letter from the GMC endorsing record access in principle – we see this as reassuring to clinicians. Also, a link to an interesting and balanced overview of record access from the BMJ.”
Brian Fisher, December 2007
RAC Newsletter July 2007
“As usual, there has been a lot going on, both in the UK and elsewhere.
In the UK, the highlights are perhaps:
- the Early Adopter sites for the Summary Care Record going live in 2 areas of the UK.
- The continuing enlargement of the 100 practice pilot enabling an increasing number of practices to enable full patient record access
- The pushing forward of the eHealthCard that is now being offered to practices in the UK
- The resignation of Richard Granger who runs the IT programme in the UK. This may offer a more open approach to IT development
In Europe, the recent ICMCC conference in Amsterdam highlighted record access and offered a number of concrete developments, in Estonia, the Czech Republic and in the Netherlands.
But first, developments outside Europe.”
Brian Fisher, July 2007
RAC Contribution by Denis Protti
A rare treat! We have an original article by Prof Denis Protti, Professor, Health Information Science at University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, written especially for this Record Access Collaborative edition.
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RAC Newsletter March 2007
“The record access collaborative is being developed as a service to the public, patients, the NHS and industry. The aim is to bring together those who have an interest in seeing record access more widely available and maximising benefits that flow from it.
The NHS has made a clear statement of principle that patients should be able to access their records, subject to legal safety restrictions. There is good evidence of substantial benefits for patients.”
Brian Fisher, March 2007