Health: Patient Records

House of Lords written question – answered on 25th February 2014.

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Photo of Lord Maginnis of Drumglass Lord Maginnis of Drumglass Independent Ulster Unionist

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, and if so how, they have reconciled the centralisation of patients’ personal and confidential medical records with existing university and medical research requirements.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

In the UK Life Sciences Strategy, launched in 2011, the Government established Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) to provide access to anonymised patient information for medical research and the university sector. The access to patient anonymised records is supported by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, who work with CPRD. 'Care.Data' will provide access to a greater number of anonymised patient records and greater depth of information for researchers to use in conducting life sciences research, via CPRD. Therefore, access by medical research and universities will not change, but the range of data will be increased.

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