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GPC calls for urgent talks over public awareness of care.data scheme

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The summary care data has the patients summary, medications and Rx which is the most one would need with an unconsious patient /life threatening situation. The care.data extracts far more information and is only pseudoanonymised- which means anyone with access to a database linking patient to either NHS numbers (one time breach is sufficient) or can triangulate the data will unlock the identity. Eg with postcode (Royal Mail licensed) and voters list (?free) or phone directory . Many insurance companies and employers may find this information very useful although illegal. The legal cost of a single breach may run into millions, also regular TV and radio news about same would cost losts less. Personally NHS can do a text based reply for a vast majory (costs peanuts) and leaflets for those without a mobile. The advantages of care.data are in research which can be done with completely anonymised data usually (one way hashing algorithm ) and many practices are signed up to many such research databases already e.g QRisk validation.

Posted date

18 Feb 2014

Posted time

1:11pm

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