Spring Speakers Series: Geriatricians and Digital Records – are friends electric?

Dr Colin Mitchell is a consultant geriatrician and divisional IT lead for medicine at Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust. He is also a retired video-game reviewer from the halcyon days of 1996 and had a Twitter account @drcolinmitchell before most of you had heard of it. Credentials. He will be speaking at BGS Spring Meeting in Gateshead.

If you want to know what NHS hospital records looked like in 1985, take a look at NHS hospital records today. Unlike almost every other large scale organisation or industry, or even our GP colleagues, most hospital doctors in the UK still largely use paper records as part of the daily routine. But finally that seems to be changing. A bit.

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Have you got access to Summary Care Records?

1427691715_9a4935ee07_oDr Emyr Wyn Jones is Clinical Ambassador at the National Implementation Summary Care Records Service: he tweets at @emyr_wyn

Were you aware of the existence of Summary Care Records (SCRs)?  They are mentioned in one of six Quick Guides that are included in a section of the NHS England website on Transforming Urgent and Emergency Care.

Almost every person in England now has a Summary care Record (SCR).  To be exact, more than 55 million people or 96% of the registered population have had a SCR uploaded electronically from their GP record to the National Spine.  This number is still increasing.  In the foreseeable future, an SCR will have been created for everyone in the country apart from those people (only 1.4% of all those who were contacted) who have indicated that they wish to opt-out of having a SCR.

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