Health and Social Care ( H&SC ) Act 2012
Within the terms of the Health and Social Care Act 2012, a singular authorised body known as the Health and Social Care Information Centre ( HSCIC ), has the automatic right to access medical data from your GP's electronic medical records. ( see number 1. Care Data tab ).
Practices are required to notify patients of this data extraction. At Grove Road Surgery, we initially undertook this notification via our March / April 2013 newsletter but accept that this was outlining what this Act was enabling and what it meant to you as patients. It also was a taster for what was to come.
The start date for data extraction is now here and again via this website, our October / November surgery newsletter and posters startegically placed around the surgery are again informing you the patient.
Below are two PDF documents which help to outline this further, these are also available within the Care Data tab.
Patient leaflet patient leaflet
Patient Frequently Asked Questions Patient FAQ's
Initially the data to be extracted are:-
- NHS numbers
- date of birth
- postcode only
- information about referrals
- NHS prescriptions
- Other clinical data - the term other is as yet completely undefined
We are reassured that data will be through " safe havens " and the Data Protection Act prevents this information being used by any other parties.
The data from your GP records will also be linked to hospital data, thereby making the data much more complete, meaningful and usable.