UK: Government presses ahead with Summary Care Records despite privacy threats

Ian Grant reports:

The government is to press ahead with its controversial patient summary care record, but the details of what it will contain will be known only later this month.

This was revealed by the Department of Health’s director general for informatics, Christine Connelly on Thursday.

The summary care record (SCR) is a centralised record of patient data that will be available to healthcare workers on an as-needed basis. Privacy rights groups and academics have strongly criticised it as a threat to patient privacy.

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Here in the U.S., we should be paying attention to what is going on with SCR in terms of security and privacy issues, as attempts to implement similar systems here to improve patient care will face similar challenges and risks.

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