New government health strategy to reform access to GP patient data

14/06/2022 | UK Government

The Department of Health and Social Care has published a new strategy to improve patient access to records through the NHS app and give them greater control of their data, including a simplified opt-out process. The Data Saves Lives: Reshaping Health and Social Care with Data strategy focuses on seven principles "to harness the data-driven power and innovation seen during the pandemic to drive transformation in health and care." While this means health and care data can be shared throughout the UK safely to provide effective individual care, the government also plans to share data with researchers in the private sector. Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid is to announce at the HealthTech summit that "we will make sure researchers and innovators are able to access data safely and efficiently." In related news, The Register reports that the National Data Guardian continues to be unsatisfied with who is accessing the NHS patient data. 

Plans to share NHS GP patient data were put on hold in August 2021 after a million people opt-out in one month.

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