With the target "by April 2015" for patient online access to their medical records, there are some comments in the press about whether or not the GPs will be able to achieve that.
However, I am somewhat perplexed by Dr Mark Porter's comment in the Times today:
Dr Mark Porter: Why you should register for online access to your medical records
What you will discover — once full access is available online to all — is a mine of potentially useful information
This time last year I said I would eat my hat if Jeremy Hunt lived up to his promise to give every patient in England online access to their medical records by 2015. Although I remain convinced that my hat is safe, I must admit to being pleasantly surprised by the progress that has been made. Indeed, if anything is now holding the project back, it is not the IT capabilities of NHS GP surgeries, so much as poor awareness among the general public.
I know that whenever I have looked at my GP surgery website (they have got as far as repeat prescription ordering), there is nothing whatsoever about patient access. And it certainly doesn't seem to be lack of patient demand among those who post here. Is our awareness so low? Or have surgeries simply continued not to make any information available - not when they will move forward, nor even that they are going to do so?
Six months doesn't seem very long to get from the current level (a few percent) to 95%.
[Added by helvella: 23/09/2014 07:43]
Fewer than 3% of patients have access to their GP medical records online, according to figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre’s indicator portal.
24 August 2014