06 August 2012 #Employment
The Government`s Electronic Fit Note (eMed) began its roll out from July 2012 and is expected to be completed by early 2013. The eMed is a soft copy version of The Statement of Fitness for Work (Fit Note) to be used by GP practices.
The eMed has been designed to allow GPs to complete the form on their computer instead of by hand. Once completed, the eMed can be sent electronically to patients, employers, or the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The eMed can also be printed if requested.
The advantages of this system are of course the obvious environmental benefits, but also that both GPs and employers can electronically store the eMed on their record systems.
Concerns were raised about fake fit notes shortly after the Fit Note was launched in 2010 and employers will be pleased to note that the eMed includes a scannable system-generated barcode containing key information, which cannot be altered once printed by the GP.
In addition, Employers should note that the handwritten Fit Note will continue to be the only version used by hospital doctors and may also be used by GPs when visiting patients at home, so you can expect to be provided with both the handwritten Fit Note or the soft copy eMed by employees.