Medical Records: Databases

Health written question – answered on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health who is undertaking the independent evaluation of the electronic patient records pilot; what their terms of reference are; and when the report will be published.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West), The Minister of State, Department of Health

The independent evaluation of the Summary Care Record (SCR) Early Adopters Programme is being carried out by a team from the Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences at University College London, led by Professor Trisha Greenhalgh.

The agreed aims of the evaluation are to assess usability, usage, functionality and impact of the SCR in early adopter sites, and place this in context; to set the stage for the inclusion of further sites and further data sources; to provide timely feedback to stakeholders; and to contribute to the evaluation culture within NHS Connecting for Health and the National Programme for IT.

The report was published by the evaluation team on 6 May and is available via the University College website at: and the website of the NHS Connecting for Health Evaluation Programme, which is based at the University of Birmingham, at:

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