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In a speech last week, Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, outlined his vision for the future use of technology across NHS.  

Since then he has asked Dame Fiona Caldicott (the Data Guardian for England) to provide advice on the wording for a new model of patient consent and ‘opt-outs’.  

Any recommendations from Dame Fiona’s review may need to be incorporated into the patient information which is being developed as part of the Somerset pathfinder pilot.

Somerset CCG is one of four pathfinder pilot sites supporting NHS England with the preparation of patient and GP Practice information which will eventually be used to test process. 

The programme is a national initiative which hopes to eventually use coded patient data, extracted from their GP and hospital medical records, to improve the health of the nation.  

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The Health Secretary announced a number of measures to assure the security of confidential medical information during his speech. See:

This will include a review of standards of data security for patients’ confidential dataacross the NHS to be carried out by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The National Data Guardian for health and care, Dame Fiona Caldicott, will contribute to this review by developing clear guidelines for the protection of personal data against which every NHS and care organisation will be held to account. She will provide advice on the wording for a new model of consents and opt-outs to be used by the programme that is so vital for the future of the NHS.

Work with the pathfinders continues as planned in the autumn and will form part of the review.

Read more about the Somerset pilot




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