Council says e-health records are open to hacking and abuse

                                    (Full council motion below)

As we report on ComputerWeekly.com, Milton Keynes Council has formally raised concerns that Summary Care Records are open to abuse and hacking.

The formal council motion that criticized the IT security of Summary Care Records wasn’t supported by Labour but passed on a vote of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. The council is run by a coalition of Liberal Democrats and Labour, with the Conservatives in opposition.



This was the (amended) motion in full:

COUNCIL MEETING
9 MARCH 2010

Item 5(b)(ii) – National Patient Medical Records

(a)    That this Council notes that Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust iscurrently writing to all patients registered with a Milton Keynesdoctor about creating national ‘summary care records’.

(b)    That the Council notes that Groups, such as NO2ID, have expressed concern that:

(i)    summary care records may be joined with a National Identity database;

(ii)    electronic records are open to hacking or misuse by non-legitimate parties for personal gain; and

(iii)    a much higher level of data security will be required before the public can have confidence in such systems.

(c)    That this Council therefore urges its citizens to carefullyconsider the information supplied by Milton Keynes Primary Care Trustand reminds residents that they have the option to opt-out of having asummary care record created for them.

(d)    That this Council requests the Corporate Director CommunityWellbeing to urgently provide a written report to the Cabinetaddressing the areas of concern, as set out in the motion above, withthe potential of making written representations to both the PrimaryCare Trust and the two members of Parliament for Milton Keynes, if itis considered necessary.

Links:

Council criticizes IT security of Summary Care Records – ComputerWeekly.com

Why I’m opting in Summary Care Records – pyjamas in bananas

Reasons for opting out of the Summary Care Records – frontier psychiatrist

Forum on Electronic Care Records and NHS Spine – NO2ID

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