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Have you heard about care.data?
Posted on 17 Mar 2016
We will soon be required to supply your personal and confidential medical information to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). This information will be taken from the Practice in a form that can identify you. The Practice has NO choice but to allow the HSCIC to extract this information. However, individual patients can instruct their Practice to stop the transfer of their data.
Confidential information from your medical records can be used by the NHS to improve the services offered so we can provide the best possible care for everyone.
This information along with your postcode and NHS number but not your name and address, are sent to a secure system where it can be linked with other health information.
This allows those planning NHS services or carrying out medical research to use information from different parts of the NHS in a way which does not identify you.
YOU HAVE A CHOICE. If you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything.
More information can be found on the NHS website (www.nhs.uk/caredata) and it is important to read their leaflet (How Information about you helps us to provide better care (How Information about you helps us to provide better care). If you wish to prevent your data from being used please write to the Practice Manager or as an alternative from 30th January 2014 visit website (medconfidential.org) where you can download an opt out letter and post/fax it to the practice or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have opted out of the summary care record please note that this does not opt you out of care.data so you will still need to contact us.