Duplicate XRay Risk for Patients caused by duplicate patient records

Patients at the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust are potentially at risk of having duplicate x-rays ordered and receiving double exposure, following the introduction of a new Cerner electronic record system.

The problems, stemming from the introduction of a Cerner Millennium Care Records System, provided by BT, place the trust at risk of breaching the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000 (IRMER).

In a statement to E-Health Insider, the trust said no patient has yet received a double dosage of radiation due to the problems.

However, the latest news follows earlier revelations, first reported by EHI, that the installation of the CRS at the Royal Free has caused disruption to services, and cost the trust more than £7m in extra implementation costs and lost revenues due to recuced activity and data problems.

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