Privacy and Consent

Patient data there for the asking, not the taking

Follow @WoodcoteEwan The importance of using health data to target and optimise the care we deliver and to advance our understanding of medicine, health and care is undeniable and something we must do, but we really do have to secure public confidence in doing stop scoring so many “own goals” As my good friend and colleague…

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PHRs – An important but limited role

There is a lot of interest around PHRs at the moment at senior levels within the NHS, but there seems to be a lack of clarity the role PHRs might play in the UK If we are to make progress we have to develop a shared understanding of what we are hoping to achieve, what…

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"Wicked" Barriers to Innovation and Adoption

Sometimes we just have to JUST DO IT! In the NHS we have too high a tolerance for inaction and too little tolerance for honourable failure. I’ve just come back from the Healthcare Innovation Expo in Manchester, where there was much talk about the need to encourage innovation. I’m all for that but I think it’s…

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Preserving Trust in the Digital Age

Trust lies at the heart of the relationship between patients and those that care for them. Meeting the challenges faced by the health care system requires that we make much greater use of digital technology and increasing sophisticated use of information, but in doing so we need to ensure we preserve trust. Healthcare professionals have…

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Another own Goal from NHS Commissioning Board

It seems to me that the NHS Commission Board is about to score another own goal with it plans to seek section 251 approval to share identifiable patient data without consent reported in the Health Service Journal ( Warning: some of this article may be behind a paywall) I want my identifiable health data shared so…

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NHS-Life Sciences Partnership

“The NHS should be “opened up” to private healthcare firms under plans which include sharing anonymous patient data, David Cameron is due to announce” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16026827 25 years ago I launched AAH Meditel. My plan was to give GPs free computers in return for anonymised patient data, which I planned to sell, primarily for life-sciences research.…

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