The Department of Health have recently (21 March 2011) revised their good practice guidelines for GP electronic patient records. I’ve just been browsing through the document and whilst much of the content is not directly applicable to me, I was struck with how relevant some of the guiding principles are to (a) the development of electronic records management solutions and (b) to sound records management practice.
For example, Chapter 4 covers the topic of Records Governance and makes reference to the legal framework within which patient record systems need to operate and a numebr of applicable standards. Many of those cited have direct relevance to a wider audience. There are also some great principles laid down in Chapter 6 – High Quality Patient Records. I think we could all benefit by taking note of the content here and making sure it is embedded in systems that we work on!