Health and care professionals have previously only been able to access the Summary Care Record application (SCRa) using a desktop computer, smartcard authentication and a Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) connection.
The SCRa private beta allows health and care professionals to access a patient's demographic information, their Summary Care Record (SCR) and a number of other services using mobile or desktop devices connected to the internet using WiFi or mobile data. NHS Identity is now being used to authenticate users.
Patient records held on different health care systems
In addition to the information a health and care professional can access using a patient's SCR, the SCRa private beta will offer some users the opportunity to view a patient's mental health crisis plans, if relevant, using the National Record Locator (NRL).
Future enhancements will include the ability for health and care professionals to access a patient's information relating to:
- Child Protection - Information Sharing project (CP-IS)
- Female Genital Mutilation - Information Sharing (FGM IS)
- Reasonable adjustment flag
It will also provide the ability to edit patient details and access the birth notification application.
The SCRa private beta currently offers the opportunity for users to access patient information using iPads. Future developments will allow other types of devices, both mobile and desktop to be used across multiple operating systems.
Current SCRa desktop users will benefit from:
- improved look and feel
- increased functionality, for example access to a patient's mental health crisis plan
- access without smartcard - ability to authenticate using NHS Identity