Tony Collins reports:
An NHS trust at the forefront of work on the £12.7bn NHS IT scheme has called in police after a breach of smartcard security compromised the confidentiality of hundreds of electronic records.
Patients in Hull have expressed their dismay that an unauthorised NHS employee has accessed their confidential records; and the local primary care trust, NHS Hull, says it is “shocked” at the breach of security by a member of staff who has since left.
GP Paul Cundy, a former spokesman on GP IT for the British Medical Association, said of the Hull incident: “This confidentiality breach, in one of Connecting for Health’s showcase systems, highlights the inherent dangers of the Summary Care Record and all shared record systems. This is alarming news, but precisely what was predicted.”
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