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Patients are to be given control of medical records under new IT plans

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 20 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5913
  1. Michael Cross
  1. 1London

Patients in England will be able to inspect and correct their NHS and social care records online from 2015 if the coalition government’s vision for the use of IT in the NHS becomes reality.

A strategy paper published on 18 October for consultation says that giving patients control of their records “opens up exciting new possibilities for online health and care services.” However, it is likely to generate new concerns about confidentiality, security, and consent.

An Information Revolution eschews the “one size fits all” approach of the previous government’s NHS national programme for IT in England. Health and adult social care information “will be liberated from a closed, bureaucratic system,” it says.

Patients will generate information …

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