Public awareness of e-record 'low'

Less than a third of patients in England have heard of the summary care record programme, according to a BMJ study.

Patients who do not want their details and medical history included in the electronic records programme must actively opt out.

But researchers from University College London found that, although most had received letters announcing the start of the programme, only three in 10 patients were now aware of it. A substantial minority have significant concerns about being included in the programme.

The researchers argue that a 'consent to view' model 'might be both more pragmatic and more ethically justifiable than the current model of implied consent'.

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

BMJ study

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