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5 July, 2013 (09:08) | Computers are Magic, EPR, Government policy, Initiatives, Interoperability, National Programmes, Patient-Centered Care, Railways versus Roads, Standardisation | By: Helga Perry

The latest NHS England buzzword is IDCR (Integrated Digital Care Record). Guidance, standards etc. have been published in Safer Hospitals Safer Wards – reiterating the desire for fully digitised and integrated health records across all care settings by 2018. It doesn’t allow much time for NHS organisations to submit expressions of interest in the Technology Fund, though – only until the end of this month (July 31st). 

A paperless NHS still appears about as likely as a paperless loo.  To what extent this latest initiative will turn into yet more plans for inflexible railways remains to be seen: the devil, as always, will be in the detail.

See some excellent commentary and discussion on E-Health Insider.

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