There is a new Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). The Summary Care Record is meant to help emergency doctors and nurses help you when you contact them when the surgery is closed. Initially it will contain just your medications and allergies. Any changes to this information is now uploaded daily to the SCR.
Later on as the central NHS computer system develops (known as the ‘Summary Care Record’ -SCR), other staff who work in the NHS will be able to access it along with information from hospitals, out of hours services and specialists letters that may be added as well.
Your information will be extracted from practices such as ours and held on central NHS databases.
As with all new systems there are pros and cons to think about. When you speak to an emergency doctor you might overlook something that is important and if they have access to your medical record it might avoid mistakes or problems, although even then, you should be asked to give consent each time a member of NHS staff wishes to access your record, unless you are medically unable to do so.
On the other hand, you may have strong views about sharing your personal information and wish to keep your information at the level of this practice. Connecting for Health (CfH) the government agency responsible for the Summary Care Record have agreed with doctors’ leaders that new patients registering with this practice should be able to decide whether or not their information is uploaded to the Central NHS Computer System.
For existing patients it is different in that it is assumed that you want your record uploaded to the Central NHS Computer System unless you actively opt out.
This is NOT care.data which has recently been in the news.
For further information visit the HSCIC Website
A modern information system has been developed by NHS England which will make increased use of information from medical records with the intention of improving health services so that the best possible care can be provided for everyone.
This information along with your postcode and NHS number but not your name, is sent to a secure system where it can be linked with other health information from hospitals to allow those planning NHS services or carrying out medical research to use information from different parts of the NHS in a way which does not identify you.
The Health & Social Care Act obliges GP practices to comply with the law and disclose this information and we are unable to opt-out. How your information is used and shared is controlled by law and strict rules are in place to protect your identity. However, you have the right to prevent confidential information about you from being shared or used for any purpose other than providing your care, except in special circumstances.
You need to make a choice – if you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything. However, if do not want information that identifies you to be shared outside the practice, please let us know. This will prevent your confidential information being used, other than when necessary by law (for example, if there is a public health emergency).
Please note that that opting-out of Care-data is separate to opting-out of the Summary Care Record (SCR), and opting-out of SCR will not prevent Care-data disclosure of your medical information.
This is a helpful website:
GP Level Data
Previously insight Data.
The Government’s mandate to NHS England for 2017-18 includes a 2017-18 deliverable to work with NHS Digital and DH to provide Gps with information onthe care provision for their patients. To support this deliverable, DH has directed NHS Digital to collect clinical data for a given set of metrics at individual GP level and report these data back to GPs and general practices only. GPs will receive non-identifiable data for their own patients, as well as comparative CCG level and national level data. THESE DATA THAT ARE REPORTED BACK TO GPS WILL NOT BE PUBLISHED OR SHARED WITH ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL OR ORGANISATION
See link for further details