NHS database ‘could do unintended harm’: Plans to allow patients to view their own records could put confidentiality at risk, say experts
May 26, 2015 Healthcare, Non-U.S.
Sophie Borland reports:
NHS plans for everyone to be able to check their medical records online may cause ‘unintended harm’, leading academics have warned.
They are concerned confidentiality will be breached as it will be relatively easy for others to look up sensitive information, and urge NHS officials to delay the plans to ensure patients’ privacy is protected.
Under the proposals from NHS England, every person in the country will be able to access their medical record online by 2020. They will also be able to book appointments, look up test results and order prescriptions.
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