NHS e-health systems ‘risk patient safety’

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Hospitals across England are using 21 separate electronic systems to record patient health care – risking patient safety, researchers suggest.

A team at Imperial College say the systems cannot “talk” to each other, making cross-referencing difficult and potentially leading to “errors”.

Of 121 million patient interactions, there were 11 million where information from a previous visit was inaccessible.

The NHS said it was working to ensure different systems could work together.

The electronic medical records (EMRs) system was launched in 2002 with the aim of allowing clinicians easy access to all the information on a patient, even if they had previously been treated elsewhere.