ELECTRONIC PATIENT RECORDS

31st March 2016

EYE HEALTH CENTRE
ELECTRONIC PATIENT RECORDS
POSITION STATEMENT - 31 MARCH 2016

New contractual requirements came into force from 1 April 2014 requiring GP Practices to make available a statement of intent in relation to the following IT developments:-

• Summary Care Record (SCR)
• GP to GP Record Transfers
• Patient Online Access to Their GP Record
• Data for commissioning and other secondary care purposes

The same contractual obligations require that we have a statement of intent regarding these developments in place and publicised by 30 September 2014.

Summary Care Record (SCR)
NHS England requires all practices to enable successful automated uploads of any changes to a patient's summary information, at least on a daily basis, to the summary care record (SCR) or have published plans in place to achieve this by 31 March 2015. This practice implemented a system for providing SCRs for patients in June 2014. As part of this implementation, the practice provides an automated upload of any changes to a patient's summary information, at least once every working day. The SCR contains information about medications, allergies and adverse reactions and is uploaded to the central NHS systems on the basis of implied patient consent. The SCR will only be viewed in emergency or urgent care settings with the explicit consent of the patient unless the patient is unable to give their consent (for example, if they are unconscious).

GP to GP Record Transfers
NHS England requires all practices to utilise the GP2GP facility for the transfer of patient records between practices, when a patient registers or de-registers (not for temporary registration). This practice has implemented the GP2GP facility for the transfer of patient records between practices, which will speed up the transfer of patient information when a patient registers with a new practice.

Patient Online Access to Their GP Record
NHS England requires all practices to promote and offer the facility to enable patients online access to appointments, repeat prescriptions, allergies and adverse reactions, or have published plans in place to achieve this by 31 March 2015, and access to coded information within their health record by 31 March 2016.

We currently offer the facility to book and cancel appointments, and also the ordering of repeat prescriptions on-line. We are also pleased to announce that we are now able to allow you to view summary information from your record, ie, medications, allergies, adverse reactions, and coded information from your health record, together with any additional information agreed between the GP and patient.

If you do not already have a user name and password for our online facilities, please let us have proof of your identity (photo id and proof of address) and we will issue you with your registration details. You will need these registration details to enable you to view your patient record online.

Data for commissioning and other secondary care purposes
It is already a requirement of the Health and Social Care Act that practices meet the reasonable data requirements of commissioners and other health and social care organisations through appropriate and safe data sharing for secondary uses, as specified in the technical specification for care data. We have specific arrangements in place to allow patients to "opt out" of care.data - please refer to separate information about care.data on our website www.eyehealthcentre.co.uk

We confirm these arrangements are in place and that we undertake annual training/audits to ensure that our data is handled securely.

Julie Ashley
Practice Manager
9 March 2016

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