New electronic health records guidance

New guidance for members on the use of electronic health records has been launched by the Society. This follows the increasing use of electronic records within the NHS and other organisations to store and process health-related information.

The guidelines, produced by the Society’s Professional Practice Board, address the benefits of electronic record keeping along with a number of the core day-to-day issues for practitioner psychologists which include:

  • The types of information stored
  • Securing sensitive records, process notes, and diagnoses.
  • Training and service implications.

The guidelines were prepared by a working group including representatives of practitioner psychologists. Chartered Psychologist Professor Michael Berger and member of the working group said:

“Electronic health records contain personal data: demographic, administrative and clinical information, and will be used to support commissioning, management, clinical activity, policy requirements and research, among other things. 

“Properly used, such records have substantial benefits, but also raise many important issues for practitioner psychologists, including confidentiality, ease of information sharing, and the impact of the existence and use of such records on clinical relationships and processes.”