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Patient online access to GP record may come to exclude historical notes

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The article refers to ‘informal’ discussions about this. Could I reassure that there have been ‘formal’ discussions over many years that the BMA/GPC has been party to. The issue is a legal requirement for GPs as data controllers to ensure that third party data is not shared. Ask the staff in your practice how dedactions they make for each record requested under a SAR to get a feel for the size of the problem. Since at least 2010 we have been arguing that access to records must be preceded by improvements in clinical software to allow suppression of third party data easily when it is added to the record, that this work should be funded, and that access should be prospective only until and unless the significant cost of redaction of restrospective records is sorted out Older GPs will remember that this was the approach successfully used for access to written records from November 1990 If the DH etc had followed our advice in 2010 we would be well on the path to implementation Personally I am not worried about patients asking for explanations or spotting errors in their records as I feel this will improve healthcare and the doctor patient relationship Grant DOI ex chair and deputy chair of GPC IT subcommittee who was involved in the formal discussions

Posted date

20 Jul 2018

Posted time

12:47pm

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