Using internet to access confidential patient records

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7288.731 (Published 24 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:731
  1. S N Walker (caroline.arbon@nhsia.nhs.uk), Project Connect programme director
  1. NHS Information Authority, Birmingham B6 5RQ
  2. BMJ, London WC1H 9JR

    Information about NHSnet was incorrect

    EDITOR—I am extremely concerned that an article as out of date as Chadwick et al's was published by the BMJ.1 The editorial panel of the BMJ is clearly unaware of important and well publicised developments in information technology that have taken place over the past year and a quarter.

    The information in Chadwick et al's article about NHSnet is incorrect in almost all respects. General practitioners do not have to pay either to connect to or use NHSnet, and uptake is increasing rapidly. By 1 October 2000, 70% of practices in England had an ISDN line (a telephone line giving high speed internet access) installed that connected them to the network; many …

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