Shared electronic patient records pose a serious threat to privacy, report says

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 25 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1251
  1. Michael Cross
  1. 1London

    Substantial parts of the NHS’s IT infrastructure are in breach of human rights and law on data protection and should be redesigned or abandoned, says a study from privacy campaigners.

    The study, of a range of governments databases, considers that the NHS’s shared electronic patient records, and in particular that part known as the Detailed Care Record, are as serious a threat to privacy as the national identity card programme and the DNA database held by the police. Several NHS systems with lower profiles also received severe criticism.

    The report was commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust, a funder of campaigns to promote political and democratic reform and defend civil liberties. It was written by a group …

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