A Midland orthopaedic surgeon is calling for better communication between hospitals and patients, claiming it could protect thousands of patients from unnecessary hip operations.
More than 50,000 hip fractures occur each year and that figure is set to rise beyond 120,000 by 2015 as Britain's ageing population grows.
David Selvey, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Worcestershire, claims at least ten per cent of these operations are the result of re-fractures.
He said: "Reversing this potentially avoidable trend of re-fractures and halting the drain of money and resources must be an absolute priority.
"Implementing a clinical information system that ensures the effective capture, analysis and exchange of information across all departments and between hospitals so that hospital staff can correctly advise, refer and treat their patients is fundamental to achieving this objective."
More than £5 million a day is spent on hip fractures in British hospitals, which also account for over one million bed days.
Patients often require extra help with their daily activities, more residential or hospital care, additional community health and social service visits or in some cases are forced to move into nursing homes.
Mr Selvey, who also practises at Droitwich Spa Private Hospital, claimed many hospitals struggled to communicate effectively between departments and outside organisations.
Although the Government is spending billions on a national IT programme, the focus also needs to be on delivering systems with detailed clinical data, he said.
"At present, clinicians are unable to capture information with ease.
"We need a system such as Bluespier that captures the clinical information as part of our daily activities, without the need for additional input. The information is then immediately available."
He explained that the Bluespier Orthopaedic Patient Manager programme would identify patients with " insufficiency fractures" such as vertebral bone collapse or wrist fractures, which could be diagnosed before they suffer a hip fracture.
These patients could avoid having a hip fracture.