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Subject Topic: IMPORTANT.Changes to your medical records
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Message posted by path20 on 30/1/2014 at 8:29pm
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Important to act now......Do you want all your personal medical information including NHS number, DOB, address, test results, prescriptions issued, specialists visited etc.uploaded to a national database by your doctor.If you are happy for this to go ahead you do not have to do anything. You have a choice. If you prefer this not to happen you must opt out before March. Once your information has been uploaded it cannot be deleted. Medical staff treating you in GP surgeries,A&E and out of hours centres will NOT be able to use this database. However the uploaded data is likely to be made available to organisations outside of the NHS, such as universities and commercial organisations.
If you wish to opt out you have to let your doctor know.There is a form here to fill in.
http://optout.care-data.info/

Message posted by Jack+Jon on 30/1/2014 at 8:42pm
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& for the balanced view read this & make your own mind up. What does it matter anyway? Thats a question for the op.

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Message posted by heath63 on 30/1/2014 at 8:59pm
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Hi path, as soon as I heard about this a few weeks ago. I phoned my practice and gave them a verbal instructions. Thanks for the link. As I am going to print the forms out and make sure, both myself and son are properly opted out. Very greatful person,   cheers.

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Message posted by Bob61 on 30/1/2014 at 9:05pm
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I have no problem with my medical details being on a national database as they may be useful at some time to doctors outside of my own surgery/hospital area. I am not sure what the real value may be though because in my experience most doctors don't have time to read up on all your medical history and can rarely even remember what you last saw them for!

I wouldn't want those details accessible by universities or commercial organisations except anonymously for research and education. I am sure this private information must be protected under the data protection acts though.



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Message posted by kenles on 30/1/2014 at 9:06pm
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That's good I'm all for it if you are away and took to A&E they will no all about you

Message posted by clbewi on 30/1/2014 at 9:21pm
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we had a letter about this last year sometime. I think it's a good thing to have medical records available at any time, even more so if you have ongoing medical problems.

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That's what I thought initially but A&E, other doctors and out of hours centres will not be able to access the information. The information is not guaranteed to be anonymous to universities and commercial organisations.
It may be a good thing, who knows but I would have been happier if the option was to fill in a form to opt in if you wanted this.

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Whats the point in it?, if A&E wont have access to it?

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Message posted by Bob61 on 30/1/2014 at 9:47pm
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If the ministry of health have asked for this database then it has to be for a good reason. Being health, I can't see there being any sort of sinister reason behind it other than to help the population as a whole...even if it has something to do with reducing the cost of the NHS.

I very much doubt that you will be walking down the road one day when you are approached by somebody who points a finger at you and says...'Aha...you're the one on Omeprozole!'

Perhaps more research is required before trying to stop your medical details being put on a database as some articles I have just been reading state all doctors and hospitals and other medically qualified personel with a need to know will have access to them, which must be a good thing.



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When they brought the new computer system unfortunately it was a disaster.

Once the data is uploaded to the new data base then. The gp is no longer responsible of the confidential information. It can be sold or accessed to other organisations, and for research. It will be harder to control.   Insurance companies in the future maybe able to access data.
The only difference being. Data will be accessed to the wider audience. If opted out, care given, will be the same.

This way if you opt out now. At a later date, you can opt in. Whereas once all your data is on the system then it cannot be deleted, if you change your mind.



If you have information which you do not want others to see.   you will have no control over who access it.

How many times have we all heard about confidential information being found in public places.

I have received letters for hospital appointments, which I have never made or aware of. At a the most inappropriate insensitive time.







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Message posted by Jack+Jon on 30/1/2014 at 10:30pm
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Quote: Originally posted by path20 on 30/1/2014
The information is not guaranteed to be anonymous to universities and commercial organisations.


But your identity is, apparently. From my earlier link..

'Your date of birth, full postcode, NHS Number and gender rather than your name will be used to link your records in a secure system, managed by the HSCIC. Once this information has been linked, a new record will be created. This new record will not contain information that identifies you. The type of information shared, and how it is shared, is controlled by law and strict confidentiality rules'



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Message posted by heath63 on 30/1/2014 at 10:32pm
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I forgot to mention that. They still be using identifiable information, to access your records.
How many time have you been identified just by your post code alone.
If asked for your date of birth, postcode and gender. Then any company can identify you. Without having your name.

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Message posted by OliverDay on 30/1/2014 at 10:53pm
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It is funny that people will pour their hearts out over the internet and disclose all sorts of personal information and then seem to get a bit worried over their medical records being shared between 'responsible' health professionals.

Personally I'd rather trust the NHS etc. than Facebook et al.

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Message posted by heath63 on 30/1/2014 at 11:19pm
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But it won't be though Ollie. At the moment, health professionals can only access information which only relates them. When dietician logs on to their computer about their patient, they cannot access info other medical histor, as it will be classed as confidential information.

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Message posted by David Klyne on 30/1/2014 at 11:27pm
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I am at a loss to understand why anyone would want to prevent a system that could save their life. This information is already available within your local Health Care Trust.

David

Message posted by Davep on 30/1/2014 at 11:37pm
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Just to make it clear, because not living in England, I'd never heard of this. So initially on reading this topic, I felt worried.

This only applies to patients living and registered in England, and does not apply to patients Living and Registered in Scotland and Wales.

As NHS issues, are the responsibility of the devolved Government/Assembly, this is solely the responsibility of the UK Government deciding what is best for those resident in England.


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