The Electronic Health Records System In the UK (2024)

In 2002, the UK government launched development of the National Programme for Information Technology (NPfIT) NHS Care Records Service, which was intended to deliver an electronic health records system containing patient records from across the UK. There were problems with poor user requirements analysis, the failure to address patient confidentiality, overambitious timescales, and enormous cost overruns. It was eventually closed downin 2011 as partof the dismantlingof the NPfIT programme.

The initiative

The UK government chose the top-down, government-driven approach: a "nationwide implementation of EHRs, known as the NHS Care Records Service, is the cornerstone of the £12.7 billion National Programme for Information Technology (NPfIT)". [2] This very ambitious approach required enormous resources. "In order to begin the process of creating a system that supports health IT for the entire nation, the UK with the help of four companies including the US-based company, the Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), began one of the largest and ambitious health IT projects that the world had ever seen in early 2002... NPfIT attempted to create a national EHR system for the entire UK. It was a project that would eliminate the challenges of interoperability between various competitive EHR systems around the UK."[3]

The initiative came to an end in 2011. "Launched in 2002 and officially dismantled in 2011, NPfIT included the first sustained national attempt to introduce centrally-procured EHR systems across the NHS's hospitals, including mental health settings."[4]

The challenge

At the turn of the century, the health records of UK citizens were often held locally, with the result that there was no coordinated system. "Although electronic health records (EHRs) are widely viewed as central to modernising the organisation and delivery of sustainable, high quality healthcare, the uptake of such records in hospital has tended to be slow. Approaches to deployment of EHRsvary from home-grown systems in single organisations with the necessary technical and managerial capacity; to interoperability standards for linking multiple information technology (IT) systems; to top-down, government driven, national implementations of standardised, commercial software applications."[1]

The public impact

The public impact has been largely negative. "What is true is that many hospitals lack comprehensive electronic patient record (EPR) systems. In England, this can be blamed on the disastrous £12 billion NPfIT. In The blunders of our governments, a survey of government disasters including numerous IT projects, authors Anthony King and Ivor Crewe describe NPfIT as 'the veritable RMS Titanic of IT disasters' and 'doomed from the beginning'."[5]

It also dented the reputations of the project suppliers. "The UK lost £12.7 billion trying to complete the project. They sued CSC and the company was forced to pay the NHS USD97.5 million."[6]

MPs expressed frustration that "the funding scheme that supported other British hospitals' investment in EHRs, the controversial £9.8 billion NPfIT, cancelled in 2011, continues to cost the country millions, with contracts in some cases not set to expire for 12 more years".[7]

Stakeholder engagement

The main stakeholders were the UK government, principally the Department of Health, the NHS (its employees and patients), and Connecting for Health (CFH), the agency responsible for the design, development and implementation of NPfIT. During the design phase there were private sector stakeholders such as CSC and Accenture.There has been criticism that the views of its prospective endusers were not addressed (see Mesaurement below). "A criticism of the programme has been that it has not reflected the needs of the NHS. The number of stakeholders involved is vast and contains many categories, including clinician, managerial, technical, informatics, and professional bodies. The management of and engagement with stakeholders appears to have been less than systematic and rigorous during the life of the programme."[8]

There were other stakeholders in EHR planning and development in England. "In England, EHR planning is managed by NHS England, the National Information Board (NIB, which develops priorities for data and technology for the Department of Health) and the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC, a non-departmental public body which manages information, data and IT systems for health and care)."[9]

After the implementation, there was no interest among the stakeholders working to deliver the programme. "The computer software was secret and proprietary. There was no accountability to the public, and the vendors did not provide enough technical support to clinicians having trouble using the records."[10]

Political commitment

There was initially very strong commitment from the first Blair government, reflecting itssupport for NHS reform: "most unusually for an IT project, the prime minister of the day was centrally involved, at least at the outset".[11] In February 2002, Tony Blairchaired a Downing Street seminar at which "the Department of Health announced a massive overhaul and expansion of the health service's IT infrastructure".[12] He was supported in his enthusiasm by his government: "ministers were committed to the programme and publicly lauded it".[13]

This commitment was publicly maintained, despite the media's criticism of NPfIT's progress. "Nevertheless, against all the accumulating evidence, most of the five secretaries of state for health who served under Tony Blair and then Gordon Brown during the lifetime of the project... continued to insist that the programme as a whole was worthwhile and that, if it was not already proving a success, it soon would be."[14]

The coalition government that came into power in 2010 was not committed to the NPfIT NHS Care Records system. In 2011, it had become clear that the system was not going to be implemented throughout the NHS. A second report by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee was no more complimentary than the first one, which had been published in 2007. “The Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP, Chair of the Committee of Public Accounts, today said: 'The Department of Health is not going to achieve its original aim of a fully integrated care records system across the NHS. Trying to create a one-size-fits-all system in the NHS was a massive risk and has proven to be unworkable. The Department has been unable to demonstrate what benefits have been delivered from the £2.7 billion spent on the project so far.'”[15] It was inevitable that the political commitment had evaporated by this time and NPfITand its EHR system would no longer have government support.

Public confidence

There is general public support for prospective increases in efficiency and information-sharing that EHRs can offer. "Despite previous difficulties with NHS technology projects, patients and the public generally support the development of integrated EHRs for healthcare provision, planning and policy, and health research. This support, however, varies between social groups and is not unqualified; relevant safeguards must be in place and patients should be guided in their decision-making process, including increased awareness about the benefits of EHRs for secondary uses."[16]

There are, however, concerns among both NHS doctors and patients about patient privacy and other issues relating to EHRs:

  • "Surveys have shown that patients are concerned about the security of their EHRs, but recognise the value of sharing data, both for their own care and for research.133 In a 2015 survey of 2,761 patients in London, 79% reported that they worry about the security of an EHR, but 55% of those nonetheless supported their development...
  • "A recent survey of 502 doctors found that half believed that the use of healthcare IT had decreased time spent with patients. Staff to transcribe patients' medical records can be used to free doctors' time, but this may impede the development of electronic records, as clinicians disengage with using and improving them...
  • "There are conflicting views about how much information patients should have access to. Surveys show that while three-quarters of adults think they should have full access to their health records, only one-third of doctors share this view."[17]

Clarity of objectives

The main objective of the policy was clearly defined at the outset: a nationwide implementation of EHRs(see The initiative above). The subsidiary objectives were those set out by the Department of Health in 1998. "The roots of NPfIT lie in the Department of Health's (1998) Information for Health strategy. This committed the NHS to goals which remain central to NPfIT:

  • "Lifelong electronic patient records (EPRs), also known as electronic health records (EHRs), that bring together birth-to-death data on NHS patients throughout England;
  • "Round-the-clock online access by all NHS healthcare professionals to patient records and information about best clinical practice;
  • "Seamless care for patients through GPs, hospitals and community services sharing information across the NHS information highway."[18]

Strength of evidence

There were a number of EHR systems developed in other countries. "EHRs are being introduced in Europe, North America, Australasia, the Middle East, and elsewhere."[19] However, none was on the scale envisaged for NPfIT, which was on a par with the largest US military IT projects rather than any civil projects.

There was some use of pilot projects used to test the principles of NPfIT: there was some "implementation and adoption of EHR systems in NHS ‘early adopter' hospitals".[20] However, these were often unsuccessful. "Where the systems were installed, they frequently crashed... In September 2006 'Computer Weekly' reported 110 'major incidents' across the English NHS during the previous four months alone."[21]

Feasibility

CFH claimed that NPfIT would be "the world's biggest civil IT programme". This in itself indicated the need for exhaustive feasibility analysis. However, NPfIT's technical feasibilitywas not properly investigated before the programme began nor was there a proper cost benefit analysis."It was wildly overambitious. It was far from being essential. No one ever seems to have subjected it to a serious - or even a back-of-the-envelope - cost-benefit analysis. The programme's alleged benefits, even if they accrued, were going to be outweighed many times over by its exorbitant costs."[22] There was little account taken of the complexity of the NHS itself or the needs of the software's endusers.

It had become clear by 2006 that NPfIT was out of control. In his evidence to the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, Simon Bowers of The Guardian said that his research had thrown up a number of problems, as was indicated in his subsequent article. "Leading healthcare IT experts have warned that the NHS's troubled £6.2 billion system upgrade is costing taxpayers substantially more than it should. They claim the same functions could be delivered for considerably less outside of the national programme for IT, dogged by delays and software setbacks."[23] There were similar criticisms in publications such as 'Computer Weekly', 'The Daily Telegraph' and 'Private Eye'. The Committee's report, based on substantial evidence, was damning. It then took too long for the government to react and to acceptthat it was an undeliverableprogramme.

Management

The initial strategy was that "national standards for NHS IT would be laid down but that local NHS trusts would be left free to commission their own suppliers and choose their own software".[24] However, the programme becamea centralised one, managed by the agency, CFH. CFH was based in Harrogate in Yorkshire and was responsible for estimating and procurement, selecting contractors such as Accenture and CSC, with little apparent oversight from the government.

The estimates of time and budget were unrealistic. "The timescale proposed for the system was ludicrously short... no one seems to have addressed the crucial, and predictable, issues of patient confidentiality... large parts of the enterprise were hopelessly mismanaged... The rate of turnover of officials at the Health Department was [high]... the project had no fewer than six 'senior responsible owners' during its first two years."[25]

The requirements gathering also indicated a failure of project management. "Because non-clinicians developed the system, the electronic forms they designed have little to do with how doctors treat patients - making it unworkable for many physicians. As the Chair of the British House of Commons Public Accounts Committee recently stated, 'This is the biggest IT project in the world and it is turning into the biggest disaster'." [26] The head of the programme, Richard Granger, an IT consultant from Deloitte, resigned in 2007 once it became apparent beyond the confines of CFH that NPfIT was in crisis.

Measurement

Evaluating the success of an IT project is dependent on the accurate definition of the software requirements and on a realistic development schedule and budget. The requirements of NPfIT NHS Care Records system were not specified in a professional manner, as was evident in the questioning of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee. "Q188 Mr Bacon (B): If the clinicians were not really controlling the creation of the specification for the healthcare record, who was? Dr Nowlan (N): A design authority was established. Q189 B: Was this within the NPfIT? N: Yes; at the end of 2002. Q190 B: What experience did the design authority have of healthcare? N: In terms of the people who took charge of it, none to speak of. Q191 B: None? No experience of healthcare at all? N: No, not that I can recall. We worked within that team to produce the specification but it was done at breakneck speed and largely by putting together information from a whole raft of previous specifications and then it had to be reduced. I must say it was not exactly the ideal process to commit this sort of resource."[27]

The costs and timescales of NPfIT were allowed to spiral out of control. "Estimates of the total cost of the programme over a decade edged upwards from £2.3 billion at one point to £6.2 billion and then to £12.4 billion... The system was supposed to be up and running in about three years. While 155 administration systems were supposed to be delivered by the spring of 2007, in the event only sixteen were."[28]

The performance of the software did not meet its requirements, as shown by the experience of Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust's implementation of the Cerner Millennium EHR system, the Trust being an NHS trust that took delivery of NPfIT software. "The software originally was envisioned as the ideal way to match information on patients to the right surgeons, beds and treatment appointment times, as well as helping staff retrieve and share patient details efficiently. But problems and delays with the system, aggravated by disputes over the hosting of the software with services firm CSC, meant that even after a delayed go-live of June last year, staff and patients alike are disenchanted with it. The implementation is 'plagued with problems', with it taking up to 15 minutes for staff to navigate their way through multiple screens to book routine appointments, causing severe patient backlogs."[29]

Alignment

There was a lack of alignment between the Department of Health and CFH, the agency responsible for the national delivery of NPfIT. "Criticisms included weak management and oversight of the programme and contracts that were poor value for money. The government, NHS England and NIB argue that the programme was too centralised, and insufficiently sensitive to local circumstances." [30] There was also a lack of alignment between the prospective endusers of the software, such as clinicians, and the software designers and developers (see, for example, Measurement above).

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The Electronic Health Records System In the UK (2024)

FAQs

Does the UK have electronic health records? ›

The UK's National Health Service (NHS) has committed to implementing electronic health records for all hospitals and community practices by 2025, backed by £2 billion (c $2.4 billion) in funding.

What are electronic patient records UK? ›

Electronic health records (EHRs) are any digital document or system that contains information on an individual's health and care. This could be online, on an internal network, or on a device. There are a number of well-recognised examples.

What are 4 benefits to using electronic health records? ›

Improving patient and provider interaction and communication, as well as health care convenience. Enabling safer, more reliable prescribing. Helping promote legible, complete documentation and accurate, streamlined coding and billing. Enhancing privacy and security of patient data.

What is an electronic health record system? ›

Electronic Health Record (EHR): an electronic version of a patients medical history, that is maintained by the provider over time, and may include all of the key administrative clinical data relevant to that persons care under a particular provider, including demographics, progress notes, problems, medications, vital ...

When did electronic health records begin in the UK? ›

In 2007, the NHS introduced HealthSpace, a Web-based personal electronic health record, which enabled people to enter their health information and gain secure access to the summary care information in their GP record [25].

What is a health record UK? ›

Health records contain information about your health and any care or treatment you've received. Your health records may contain: test and scan results. X-rays. doctors notes.

What is an EPR system in NHS? ›

EPR is a single electronic patient record which will replace the majority of our paper medical records. This will mean that our clinical teams will have instant access to the data they need to care for you.

Why is electronic health records good? ›

For example, the EHR can improve patient care by: Reducing the incidence of medical error by improving the accuracy and clarity of medical records. Making the health information available, reducing duplication of tests, reducing delays in treatment, and patients well informed to take better decisions.

What are examples of electronic health records? ›

An EHR is a computerized collection of a patient's health records. EHRs include information like your age, gender, ethnicity, health history, medicines, allergies, immunization status, lab test results, hospital discharge instructions, and billing information.

What are the six main objectives of an EHR? ›

These functions include:
  • health information and data.
  • result management.
  • order management.
  • decision support.
  • electronic communication and connectivity.
  • patient support.
  • administrative processes and reporting.
  • reporting and population health.
1 Aug 2019

What are the 3 EHR systems? ›

Types of Electronic Health Record (EHR) Systems
  • Cloud-based EHR Software. The 21st century is often called the “age of the cloud.” Rightly so — cloud applications have been one of the breakthroughs of this century. ...
  • Physician-hosted Systems. ...
  • Remotely-Hosted Systems.
23 Sept 2022

What are the 3 components of the EHR system? ›

Elements of EHRs

Compared to paper records, electronic health records contain more information about the patient and their care. Most EHRs contain the following information: Patient's demographic, billing, and insurance information.

What is an electronic patient record NHS? ›

Your integrated electronic health record (EHR) is made up of all your relevant health information and data stored in a digital format.

How did electronic health records start? ›

The history of EHRs began in the 1960s – the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota was one of the first major health systems to adopt an EHR. In the 1960s, EHRs were so expensive that they were only used by the government in partnership with health organizations.

Why were electronic health records introduced? ›

Better Coordination between Healthcare Providers

In the past, patient records often did not reach hospitals in time, resulting in a lack of quality care for individuals seeking treatment.

When did electronic health records start? ›

In 1972, however, the first electronic medical record (EMR) system was developed by the Regenstrief Institute, according to the University of Scranton. Regenstrief's EMR system was expensive and so was not attractive to physicians for use with their patients.

What is the main purpose of the health record? ›

Personal health records ( PHR s) can help your patients better manage their care. Having important health information – such as immunization records, lab results, and screening due dates – in electronic form makes it easy for patients to update and share their records.

What are the two types of health records? ›

Personal health record (PHR) Electronic medical record (EMR)

Who has access to medical records UK? ›

Health and care records are confidential so you can only access someone else's records if you're authorised to do so. To access someone else's health records, you must: be acting on their behalf with their consent, or. have legal authority to make decisions on their behalf (power of attorney), or.

How is EPR used? ›

Electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy (EPR), also called electron spin resonance (ESR), is a technique used to study chemical species with unpaired electrons. EPR spectroscopy plays an important role in the understanding of organic and inorganic radicals, transition metal complexes, and some biomolecules.

Who needs EPR? ›

EPR Certificate is mandatory for Indian Manufacturer / Importer of products for E-waste management. EPR Authorization is given by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) under MoEFCC, Government of India.

What is EPR in public health? ›

Emergency Preparedness and Response. The Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) Program prepares for, responds to, and researches chemical, biological, radiological and natural disasters. The program integrates and evaluates occupational safety and health topics to protect response and recovery workers.

What are 5 benefits of EHR? ›

With EHRs, information is available whenever and wherever it is needed.
  • Improved Patient Care.
  • Increase Patient Participation.
  • Improved Care Coordination.
  • Improved Diagnostics & Patient Outcomes.
  • Practice Efficiencies and Cost Savings.
5 Oct 2017

What is the most important part of EHR? ›

Billing System

Billing records are an important part of hospital profitability, productivity, and efficiency. That's why they're one of the key components of an EHR system as they can track all the charges that a patient occurs while undergoing care.

How do electronic health records improve patient care? ›

EHRs improve the ability to diagnose diseases and reduce, if not eliminate, medical errors, resulting in better patient outcomes. EHRs give doctors and nurses access to a patient's entire medical history. The healthcare team can use this comprehensive picture to diagnose patients' problems faster.

What are the 5 components of the EMR? ›

5 Basic Components of an Electronic Medical Record System
  • Data module input system. ...
  • Patient call log. ...
  • Prescription management system. ...
  • Backup system.

What are 2 barriers to electronic health records? ›

EHR system costs, lack of buy-in, along with usability and training often come up as barriers to implementation.

What are the types of electronic records? ›

Examples of electronic records include: emails, websites, Word/Excel documents, digital purchase receipts, databases, text messages, social media postings, and information stored on SharePoint sites and content management systems (Catalyst, Slack, DropBox, etc.).

What is the biggest issue for eHealth? ›

7 major challenges facing eHealth
  • Ensuring data security and data protection was highlighted as the biggest challenge. ...
  • Healthy investment. ...
  • Engaging and training doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, in the new technologies are essential.
27 May 2015

What is the biggest problem with our current EHR process? ›

Another major challenge of EHR is the data privacy concerns of the patient and provider community.

What are three disadvantages for an electronic health record? ›

EHR Disadvantages
  • Outdated data. EHRs can get incorrect information if the EHR is not updated immediately when new information, such as when new test results come in. ...
  • It takes time and costs money. Selecting and setting up an EHR system and digitizing all paper records can take years. ...
  • Inconsistency and inefficiency.
20 Nov 2020

What are the main areas of eHealth? ›

According to World Health Organization (World Health Organization, n.d.) three main core areas of eHealth are: Delivery of health information, for health professionals and health consumers, through the Internet and telecommunications.

How does EHR prevent medical errors? ›

EHRs can help prevent medical errors by triggering alerts in food/drug and drug interactions. EHR technology can also aid in the prevention of medical errors by identifying potential drug side effects and/or adverse reactions.

Are electronic health records safe? ›

Electronic records are not inherently safe or unsafe, but those that are properly secured according to HIPAA Security Rule best practices are much less likely to suffer a security breach. Encryption – If EHRs are appropriately encrypted, then even if data is accessed improperly the information is unreadable.

Which EHR system is best? ›

  • The Best EHR of 2022.
  • DrChrono.
  • Practice Fusion.
  • Kareo Clinical.
  • Netsmart myUnity.
  • AdvancedMD EHR.
  • NextGen.
  • Athena Health.
12 Nov 2022

What are the 10 most important documents in the EHR? ›

Breadcrumb
  • Administrative and billing data.
  • Patient demographics.
  • Progress notes.
  • Vital signs.
  • Medical histories.
  • Diagnoses.
  • Medications.
  • Immunization dates.
9 Apr 2019

What are the most common EHR systems? ›

The following are the top 10 inpatient EHR systems based on data from Definitive Healthcare:
  • Epic Systems. Hospitals often select Epic for their EHR implementations due to its usability and departmental functionality. ...
  • Cerner. ...
  • MEDITECH. ...
  • Evident, a CPSI Company. ...
  • Allscripts. ...
  • MEDHOST. ...
  • Netsmart Technologies. ...
  • athenahealth.
9 Mar 2022

How many different EHR systems are there? ›

It's 16. That's right: 16 distinct electronic health records platforms, according to statistics HIMSS Analytics pulled from its Logic database looking at 571,045 providers affiliated with 4,023 hospitals.

What are three features of a patient's EMR? ›

These features include interfaces and systems integration, medical document scanning, medication tracking, e-Prescriptions, appointment reminders, marketing support and more.

Does the UK have something like Hipaa? ›

HIPAA is a US regulation it stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). In the UK and the NHS we call it the Data protection act.

Does NHS Digital still exist? ›

Our place in the health and care system

Our official name is the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). We have used the name NHS Digital since July 2016. The Health and Social Care Act 2012 ordered our creation by statute, and sets out our responsibilities.

What are electronic patient records NHS? ›

The EPR is a method of storing medical records and notes electronically rather than in bound paper bundles, thus allowing the effective accessing and sharing of data.

What does EHR stand for in England? ›

1 Within a healthcare organisation there are numerous technology systems that practitioners use for effective healthcare delivery, and EDs have been gradually implementing electronic health record (EHR) systems since the 1970s. There are approximately 30 million ED attendances in the UK each year.

Are UK medical records confidential? ›

Health and care records are confidential so you can only access someone else's records if you're authorised to do so. To access someone else's health records, you must: be acting on their behalf with their consent, or.

Is the UK still protected by GDPR? ›

After Brexit, the UK is no longer regulated domestically by the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which governs processing of personal data from individuals inside the EU. Instead, the UK now has its own version known as the UK-GDPR (United Kingdom General Data Protection Regulation).

Does the UK still abide by GDPR? ›

The EU GDPR is an EU Regulation and it no longer applies to the UK.

Why is digital healthcare important? ›

In addition to increasing access to health information for both providers and patients, digital health also enhances patient-doctor relationships, increases patient disease prevention methods, and creates a shift toward value-based care [1,2,3] .

Is NHS Digital a reliable source? ›

The NHS website is committed to the highest editorial and ethical standards in the provision of all its content and related services. The site is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care. The content, data and services on the NHS website are commissioned by NHS England and delivered by NHS Digital.

What is NHS Digital now called? ›

After three years leading the digital transformation of health and social care as NHSX, we are integrating with the Transformation Directorate at NHS England.

What are the three types of electronic records? ›

This chapter also offers advice on some tools and methods to help you, as well as discussion of three common types of electronic records: digital images, e-mail, and web pages.

What are the 5 components of the electronic medical record? ›

Electronic Health Records: The Basics

Administrative and billing data. Patient demographics. Progress notes. Vital signs.

What is the UK's health system called? ›

The UK has a government-sponsored universal healthcare system called the National Health Service (NHS). The NHS consists of a series of publicly funded healthcare systems in the UK.

What are the 3 top EHR systems? ›

Top 10 inpatient EHR vendors by market share
RankEHR Vendor% of Market Share
1.Epic Systems Corporation36.92%
2.Oracle Cerner22.59%
3.MEDITECH14.09%
4.Evident, a CPSI Company7.72%
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What is another name for EHR? ›

Some people use the terms “electronic medical record” and “electronic health record” (or “EMR” and “EHR”) interchangeably. But here at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), you'll notice we use electronic health record or EHR almost exclusively.

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