UK: Computer boffin on NHS Spine: Get out while you can

John Leyden reports:

A leading computer scientist has sounded a warning over an NHS data collection plan, urging patients to opt out.

The Summary Care Record (SCR) scheme will make outlines of medical records available to hundreds of thousands of NHS staff in England. The idea is to provide doctors and nurses in England with easier access to information on patients registered with other doctors without having to call or fax their main medics.

But the approach is fraught with privacy pitfalls while offering questionable clinical benefits, according to Professor Ross Anderson of Cambridge University.

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