I attended a launch event for the BCS guide to keeping your Health record Safe and Secure on Monday 25th Feb – a great guide on what to consider when accessing your records, anything from password to sharing your record. Dr Charles Gutteridge (responsible for Summary Care Record) and Tim Kelsey – NHS CB were the two keynote speakers. A good discussion, and few things stood out from what Tim said a) Let’s not focus on the roadblocks on why we can’t empower patients. A key failing in the national programme, we were so focussed on issues which in reality did not make a difference to patients. b) We have no choice but to go on this journey, we may not have a national service if we don’t. Well, that’s motivation enough, and I fully agree on the point around ‘us’ obsessing on issues which in reality makes no difference to patients, I unfortunately see this far too often.
Microsoft was represented in a small way We had a together with SiteKit few banners/stands at the event as seen in below picture (it’s all about location, right?). A dry-run for the main launch of eRedbook at the NHS Innovation Expo on the 13-14th March.
However, the main revelation for me has been Summary Care Record (SCR). As I have been meeting Charles past few months, I have learnt what SCR really is and it has positively surprised me. Not only do they (we?) have 22m+ records, it’s being used in pharmacies and out-of-hours settings making a real difference on delivering better health outcomes. My personal view is that SCR has unfortunately been tied very closely to the failures of NPfIT and the SCR ‘brand’ is suffering from it.
The SCR team (a great bunch of people) have worked and overcome many of the issues I/we are discussing right now, and believe we need to leverage the experience and investment made in SCR better (maybe even rebrand it).
Exciting times ahead!