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Q&A: Protecting patient data (1 CPD hour)


This module offers information on the new scheme, including:

  • Concerns about confidentiality of extracted data
  • Ways to exempt patients from data extraction
  • The publicity campaign for the scheme

After reading this article you will be asked to record your learning points and some action points to earn a suggested 1 CPD credit. Below are some suggested questions to reflect on as you work through the module:

  • Are you aware what information the new system will extract, and how this data might be used?
  • Are you clear on your duties under the Health and Social Care Act and the Data Protection Act and how these duties might appear to conflict?
  • Do you have accessible information about for patients? Have you taken adequate steps to ensure that patients are aware of the data extraction?
  • Are you and your staff aware of the codes applicable to dissenting patients?
  • Are you clear on the difference between and the Summary Care Record?