In a report on data security in the NHS, the CQC has identified good practice across a number of key areas. Medeconomics summarises the regulator's findings.
Practices are contractually required to provide patients with access to their coded information in their patient record online. Fionnuala O'Donnell explains how practices can do this and provides links to useful resources.
The General Practice Forward View sets out big plans for investment in IT in general practice, including a £45m programme to support the uptake of online consultation systems.
Under the GMS contract arrangements for 2016/17 in England NHS Employers and the GPC have agreed to further develop patient online services.
Practices can make use of new technology to support patients with long-term conditions and help individuals stop smoking or lose weight.
Effective information governance is vital in healthcare. MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Edward Farnan outlines steps practices can take to ensure patient confidentiality is protected.
Dr Pallavi Bradshaw from the MPS explains how practices should deal with online access to medical records for parents, guardians and carers.
Marc Schmid and Dr Ruth Chambers explain how practices in Stoke-on-Trent are making use of social media to educate and engage with patients.
Practices must ensure the confidentiality and accuracy of medical records that patients access online, says the MDU.
Dr Muhammed Akunjee and Dr Nazmul Akunjee explain how sending text messages to inform patients about results of routine blood tests has freed up more than 600 appointments per year in their practice.
There are ambitious plans to expand the use of technology in the NHS in order to improve patient care and outcomes, but how will this impact on practices in the coming years? Fiona Barr reports
Aseem Kumar and Dr Vaishali Ashar describe how their practice has used IT to change the way it provides medical services to local care homes and, as a result, reduce A&E attendance.
Marc Schmid explains what is involved with setting up video consultations in GP practices. The article includes a downloadable practice protocol and patient information leaflet.
Three case studies highlight how practices are using video consultations to improve patient care and deliver cost savings.
This practice protocol can be downloaded and adapted for use in your practice. It covers organisation and set-up, patient inclusion and exclusion criteria, advice on conducting online consultations and a consultation checklist
This patient information leaflet and consent form can be downloaded and adapted for use in your practice. It addresses concerns about security plus the benefits and risks of video consultations.
MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Beverley Ward explains what practices must consider if they want to provide online consultations for patients.
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