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Care record alert after celebrity's notes accessed

A PCT has warned of a ‘new security risk' to electronic patient records after it was revealed more than 50 staff had accessed the record of a celebrity admitted to hospital.

The warning from North Tees PCT follows repeated warnings from GPs over the security of NHS smartcards, which allow access to patient records.

The identity of the celebrity has not been revealed but the incident was disclosed as part of a report to the PCT's board, as a warning fo the potential security risks involved with patient care records

The report warned: ‘A new security risk to be monitored has been identified as part of the care records guarantee. This risk is around staff inappropriately accessing patients' records who are not part of their caseload.'

A spokesperson for North Tees PCT said the incident was unrelated to the PCT, and had occurred in an ‘unknown trust'.

The disclosure of the incident follows the health select committee's report last week into the electronic patient record.

MPs expressed alarm at reports of smartcards being shared by hospital staff, and warned operational security for Summary Care Records presents a ‘substantial challenge'.


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