Woodgate Valley Health Centre, working as part of the NHS, need to share patient data whilst protecting confidential and personal information. Data about health can be used for various reasons, both externally and internally within the practice.
In the last few years there have been a number of National and local initiatives proposed and implemented where data will be automatically extracted from GP computer systems and sent elsewhere, unless the patient has opted out. Further data extractions are planned and whilst some extractions are to help patients if they are seen elsewhere in the country, some are purely for analysis of health care to improve the NHS services.
For many of these schemes GP Practices are legally obliged to agree to the data extraction. It is therefore essential that we try to ensure that our patients are made aware of where their medical records may be sent and why. Patients can block their data from being extracted in all cases.
The following information will explain the main purposes of the data extractions and what you need to do selectively prohibit this if you wish.
Summary Care Record (SCR)
This is a national database intended to provide basic health information to health providers within the NHS. Information to be shared includes demographics, adverse reactions, allergies and medication. Patients are able to opt out of the SCR if they wish, however our practice would recommend that patients should not block data extraction taking place. If you wish to opt out of SCR please contact reception at the surgery.
Your Care Connected
Your Care Connected is a well-established programme across Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull sharing nearly one million patient records. It allows healthcare professionals working in secondary care and the community setting to view information from a patient’s GP record, with the patient’s consent, to provide better, safer care.
The benefits to patients are:
- Faster and easier access to your patients’ medical information, which could save lives
- Less time filling in forms or repeating information
- More secure than the record being sent by fax or post
- Improves the safety and quality of the care your patients receive, particularly in emergencies
- Less time spent on the phone and fax providing or requesting patient information
They will be able to see:
- Demographics (age, gender etc)
- Investigations and test results
- Vaccinations & Immunisations
- Referrals & Admissions
- End of Life wishes
- Concerns regarding abuse of vulnerable adults and children
They will not be able to see:
- IVF treatment
- HIV & AIDS
- Sexually Transmitted Disease
- Gender Reassignment
- Termination of Pregnancy
- Free text from GP records