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‘No confidentiality fears’ over NHS record access

21st March 2007

An agency of the Department of Health has reported that reforms to the maintenance of health records will not result in the breaching of patient confidentiality.

Plans to implement an electronic system enabling increased access to patient’s records by physicians nationwide are to be implemented in spring of this year and are currently being piloted in Bolton.

NHS Connecting for Health reports that the information available on the system will be basic and of benefit to patient care, with data available including medications, adverse reactions and allergies.

A spokesperson for the agency said: “The external agencies and authorities and so on will have no access to these records.

“Only those who are directly involved in the patient’s care and have a legitimate relationship with the patient will be able to access [the system].”

He cited the example of patients admitted to accident and emergency wards benefiting from the system, with consultants being sure they will not prescribe a patient medication to which they are allergic.

NHS Connecting for Health was established in April 2005 and is charged with delivering a national IT programme for the health service to form a multi-billion pound technology infrastructure to increase the efficacy and efficiency of the health service.

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