Monday, November 12, 2007

NHS Care Record data safety fears grow

From Pulse:

"Staff from across the NHS are accessing sensitive patient-identifiable data through the controversial Secondary Uses Service, Pulse has learnt.

The revelation has sparked fresh fears over the safety of data from Summary Care Re-cords, which will be linked to the SUS when they are rolled out across England next year.

New guidance from Connecting for Health reveals three users in every organisation within the NHS have been given access to patient-identifiable information contained within Commissioning Data Sets and Payment by Results data.

The guidance admits ‘this appears to be in total contradiction to the purpose of SUS’, which was supposed to protect patient data through pseudonymisation."

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