HC Deb 25 June 2002 vol 387 cc852-3W
John Mann

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to develop electronic referral and discharge letters. [62351]

Ms Blears

The information management and technology target sand strategy for the national health survey are set out in "Building the Information Core" published in January 2001. Copies have been placed in the Library.

The strategy includes specific targets for booked admissions, electronic record systems and provision of pathology and discharge summaries over the NHS net. The work to achieve these targets will provide the capability for relevant information about the purpose of the referral, and the results of treatment, to be transferred using structured electronic messages from general practitioner to hospital, hospital to hospital and hospital to social care systems.

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