Google or Microsoft could hold NHS patient records say Tories
Health records could be transferred to Google or Microsoft under a Tory government, The Times has learnt.
Patients will be given the option of moving their medical notes to private companies after the Conservatives said that they would replace Labourâ€™s â€œcentrally determined and unresponsive national IT systemâ€.
The Tories hope that users will be able to choose from a range of private sector websites, possibly including those operated by Bupa, the healthcare provider. This has raised issues of privacy and security, with MPs and health professionals warning it could hamper doctorsâ€™ ability to access medical records quickly in an emergency.
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