BT clinches deal for care record service

BT has won the 10-year, £620m contract to set up and run the
electronic care record service designed to revolutionise health and
social care information.

By 2010 every NHS patient in England will have an electronic care
record detailing their social care and health treatments. More than
30,000 GPs and 270 acute community and mental health NHS trusts
will be connected to it.

Health secretary John Reid said: “The NHS record will revolutionise
the way information is accessed and will make available efficient,
secure and integrated records to the right people at the right

He added that records would be available 24 hours a day “to ensure
vital information about an individual’s health and care can be
instantly available to health professionals”.

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