Less than 3% of patients have online access to their GP medical records

New report says nearly 80% of practices have the functionality, but have not switched it on, and nearly 17% of practices do not have the ability to give patients access to their records online.

The target to provide all patients with online access to their GP medical records was scaled back in April this year to a requirement for all practices to either provide people with access by April 2015 or to have published plans to do so by next month.

Whilst nearly 80% of practices have the functionality, but have not switched it on, nearly 17% of practices do not have the ability to give patients access to their records online.  Although those who have enabled it have seen relatively low levels of take-up.

There appears to be greater success with ‘transactional services’ such as online appointment booking – which 80% of practices have enabled – and ordering and viewing repeat prescriptions online – which 73% of practices had enabled at the end of 2013/14 financial year.

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