Use of patient information to provide better care
Information in medical records can be used to improve the way health care is delivered. By linking information from the different places you receive care, the NHS can improve the services offered and carry out research into the treatments for various diseases and illnesses, e.g. by comparing the care received in different areas to determine what works best.
NHS England are introducing a new data extraction system (GPES – General practice Extraction Service) which will allow sharing of some aspects of patients’ medical records. Your postcode or NHS number (not your name) will be used to link your records in a highly secure system, so your identity is protected. Only the minimum amount of information will be used and strict law and confidentiality rules will be followed.
Please be assured that this process is completely automated and that no data will be sold or released to pharmaceutical or private companies. If you are happy for your information to be shared then you do not need to do anything. However you can choose to opt out of this process by completing a form which is attached and also available at reception and your medical records will be updated thus preventing your information being shared.
For further information click these links:
Better Information Means Better Care
Frequently Asked Questions
Opt Out Form
Health & Social Care Information Centre website at www.hscic.gov.uk . .