Will Coalition scrap opt-out model for summary care records?

Pulse magazine says the BMA is confident it can convince the new government to order a new opt-in model for summary care records.

Opt-in is likely to mean that patients would give their consent to having their medical details uploaded to the national Oracle database which is run by BT under its NPfIT “spine” contract.

NHS Connecting for Health has always run the scheme on an “opt-out” basis which means patient data is uploaded to the spine unless patients take the trouble to sign and submit an opt-out form.

Pulse quotes GPC negotiator on IT Dr Chaand Nagpaul as saying: “While the Government may have decided to carry on with the roll-out, we plan to have talks over the means of adequate consultation and patient consent.”

Links:

Government to retain summary care records – Pulse

Summary Care Records – too big to fail? – IT Projects Blog

GPs are boycotting summary care records – Big Brother Watch

Media turns on Coalition over Summary Care Records “U-turn” – IT Projects Blog

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