Letters Care.data

Care.data: how Northern Ireland is doing it

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2380 (Published 03 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2380
  1. Brendan O’Brien, consultant clinical informatics specialist1
  1. 1Health and Social Care Board, Belfast BT2 8BS, UK
  1. brendan.obrien{at}hscni.net

McCartney’s feature article accurately describes the Northern Ireland Electronic Care Record (NIECR).1 The NIECR is for direct care purposes only. The robust access controls and audit trail in the NIECR give confidence to patients that their identifiable information will only be viewed by those providing direct care. Patients are asked for their explicit consent by health and care staff before staff access the patient’s record. …

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