A little more detail could vastly improve health summaries

MEDICAL specialists, hospital staff­ and others who receive referrals and health summaries from GPs complain that the list of medicines often contains some that the patient is no longer using, and that the indication for each medicine is not stated.

The health summaries produced by most clinical software packages list current medicines alphabetically, which is probably the least useful order, and don’t enable users to include medicines that have been tried or used previously. The Best Practice software package allows past prescriptions to be inserted, but this is a simple