The new NHS e-Referral Service was running well on Tuesday afternoon, but has subsequently suffered another day of problems.
GPs and NHS trusts are unable to access the new NHS e-Referral Service just hours after it was launched, due to “technical difficulties”.
The NHS e-Referral Service will finally go live this Monday, replacing Choose and Book; but users shouldn’t expect major changes until later in the summer.
Data about the surcharge status of immigrants using the NHS has been uploaded to the NHS data Spine, the Health and Social Care Information Centre has confirmed.
Nearly all GP practices in England are able to offer a variety of online services to patients, including access to a summary of their record, appointment booking, and ordering repeat prescriptions.
The Health and Social Care Information Centre is “extremely concerned” that 700,000 patient objections to having their identifiable data shared have yet to be enacted more than a year on from being registered with a GP.
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The Health and Social Care Information Centre has confirmed that Accenture is its nominated preferred supplier for the NHSmail service.
The new NHS e-Referral Service will go-live on 15 June as part of plans to replace all paper-based referrals.
The independent advisory group set up to review requests for GP patient data is being disbanded in favour of two organisations that separate data collection and data dissemination.
John Lockley finds curious parallels between a smoking chimney and a choking healthcare IT and information set-up. The solution to both, he suggests, is to look at the throughput of the whole system.