07 December 2016
Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are widely used by psychologists and other professionals to record, store and process health-related and personal information.
EHRs have proven beneficial to the quality of service delivery: an up-to-date record of interventions and findings that can be readily and immediately available to staff within and across different settings.
This delivers safety, time efficiencies and increases the potential for live feedback of results to service users.
Increasingly the content of the record is available to be accessed, added to and commented upon by multiple staff in different services with appropriate access rights and by service users themselves.
Also, with informed consent, and as appropriate and needed, information from the EHR can be shared with others involved in care, including non-NHS agencies, such as social care providers.
This document provides guidance for psychologists working in any context where they may use, retain, manage or process electronic records.