Lack of IT puts NHS patients at risk, says BMA

Rogers, James
May 2003
Computer Weekly;5/13/2003, p4
Trade Publication
The British Medical Association (BMA) has urged the government of Great Britain to upgrade health service IT to support forthcoming changes in doctors' working practices. The Association warned that with the move, doctors could now find themselves responsible for up to 100 patients they have not cared for before. BMA's report called for an electronic directory linking doctors' contact details to their duty rotations so that the right doctor can be contacted in an emergency. In addition, BMA urged the NHS to pilot technology to allow doctors to report results and order treatments from a patient's bedside.


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