Important information on data sharing opt out

 

Following today’s media coverage on the care.data programme NHS England would like to clarify the following points in relation to patient care.NHS_England

  • Under the care.data programme no patient data has been collected so far from GPs
  • The Pathfinder stage will test the care.data programme in four different English regions
  • The opt out for the care.data programme will apply to confidential GP data being used for purposes beyond direct care
  • The opt out is not currently live and will not impact upon direct care
  • How we communicate this to patients will be tested in the Pathfinder areas

News from NHS England: care.data

NHS England

NHS England is introducing an information service on behalf of the NHS called care.data. The service aims to use information from a patients’ medical record to improve the way that healthcare is delivered for all. A thorough process must be followed before any information can be shared and strict rules about how information is stored and used are followed.