DoH says 'too early' to know if summary care records benefit care

The DoH has rejected an official evaluation of the summary care record, which found little proof of the programme's benefits.

The report to the Summary Care Record Advisory Group, by researchers at University College London, found that the summary care record was dogged by IT problems, and could make little contribution to most patients' care.

But a DoH spokesman said that the report 'makes clear it is too early to draw conclusions about the use of summary care records'.

It would also require further monotiring due to its small sample size, he added.

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