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Thursday, February 24, 2005

Call for debate on privacy issues in e-NHS

Call for conference to debate privacy issues in e-NHS

This report from EHI Primary Care outlines a call from several doctors for a conference to debate the privacy issues surrounding electronic patient records.

I would like to add my voice to the calls for a wider debate around these issues - although I'm not sure putting a BMA badge on it & having the usual collection of the "great & good" is necessarily the right way forward - the issues affect all healthcare professionals & most importantly the wider public.

2 Comments:

  • I do agree that confidentiality in relation to health information needs to be discussed, however, I am concerned that this is just another aspect of the same old paternalism the NHS continues to display towards it clients (and its staff). I would feel a lot happier if this type of discussion was about how to ensure client autonomy AND privacy rather than just privacy.

    We all know the old saying that the only truley safe system is the one that no one can access. I sometimes think that this is just what some people in the NHS want when they talk about privacy. A system that only a few, "special", NHS employees, can access.

    By Blogger Tim, at 1:20 pm  

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    By Blogger Tim, at 1:22 pm  

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