SHARING DATA WITH OTHER HEALTHCARE COLLEAGUES
We are changing to SystmOne computer system from 24th June 2016. We are making this change because SystmOne is the same system as used by other healthcare providers locally, including other GPs, district nurses, health visitors, and the ambulance service. We believe this interoperability will improve patient care and make it safer, as it will allow healthcare professionals to view information entered by another service.
Here are some examples where data sharing would be helpful:
- The GP wants to know when you last had your B12 injection given by the district nurse.
- The district nurse needs to check your medication.
- The ambulance service attends in an emergency and they would like to know about your medical history.
Each person accessing the system uses an NHS Smartcard, which is set up to allow appropriate access for each individual user. Access rights are carefully controlled to ensure safety of your clinical information.
NHS England aims to link information from all the different places where you receive care, such as hospital, community service and us your GP Surgery. This will allow them to compare the care you received in one area against the care you received in another.
Information will be held in a secure environment called the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). The role of the HSCIC is to ensure that high quality data is used appropriately to improve patient care. The HSCIC has legal powers to collect and analyse data from all providers of NHS care. They are committed, and legally bound, to the very highest standards of privacy and confidentiality to ensure that your confidential information is protected at all times.
This data can also be used, with permission, for research purposes. If you do not wish to share data for research, you can opt out:
You can object to information containing data that identifies you from leaving the Practice. This will prevent identifiable information held in your record from being sent to the HSCIC secure environment. It will also prevent those who have gained special legal approval from using your health information for research.
- You can also object to any information containing data that identifies you from leaving the HSCIC secure environment. This includes information from all places you receive NHS care, such as hospitals. If you object, confidential information will not leave the HSCIC and will not be used, except in very rare circumstances for example in the event of a public health emergency.For more information visit: www.england.nhs.uk/caredata
- The law requires Doctors to provide some very limited information about certain things. The law says, for example, that Doctors must provide information to local authorities about some infectious diseases, e.g. if you had food poisoning. Very rarely, Doctors may be required to disclose information in order to detect a serious crime. Likewise, a court order can re- quire Doctors to disclose certain information during a court case.