Developments on health privacy…

November 27th, 2006 at 23:08 UTC by Ross Anderson

The Register reports a leaked document from the NHS which concludes that sensitive patient records would probably be safer held locally, rather than stored on a national database as the Government proposes.

This follows a poll last week in which a majority of GPs said they would not upload their patients’ records to the national database. Together the poll and the leak are a double whammy for the misguided and wasteful project to centralise all computer systems in the NHS.

On Wednesday we are launching a campaign to persuade patients to opt out too. The inaugural meeting will be from 7 to 9 PM in Imperial College, London. For background, see recent posts on opting out and on kids’ databases.

Entry filed under: Legal issues, News coverage, Privacy technology

4 comments Add your own

  • 1. You know who  |  November 28th, 2006 at 07:31 UTC

    It may also be interesting to note, that the risk assessment mentions Healthspace, the online health record summary (future) website. Now won’t that be a barell of laughs. At present I believe it stores such voluntary information as, I smoke 5 cigs a day, medications, and some other diary type logs. However, If you really wanted to you could UUENCODE and upload your medical data.

  • 2. Ross Anderson  |  November 28th, 2006 at 22:23 UTC

    There’s now an article on this in e-health insider

  • 3. Ross Anderson  |  November 29th, 2006 at 11:08 UTC

    Yet another celebrity story (another version here).

  • 4. Ross Anderson  |  November 30th, 2006 at 09:26 UTC

    We had a great launch meeting last night – here is the story in the Guardian and here are my talk slides

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