Medical Records: Data Protection

Health written question – answered on 12th February 2014.

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Photo of Roger Godsiff Roger Godsiff Labour, Birmingham, Hall Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether information on the treatment and diagnosis of sensitive health conditions will be excluded from the extraction of patient data.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Health and Social Care Information Centre will exclude from the extraction any clinical data entries that contain “sensitive” codes as defined in the current sensitive data standard published by the Independent Standards Board. Work is also under way to consult bodies such as the Royal Colleges, British Medical Association and patient groups to update the current standard and to ensure that any new codes created since the publication of the existing standard are identified and included.

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