Medical Records: Databases

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 16th January 2018.

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Photo of John Mann John Mann Chair, Treasury Sub-Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of using Blockchain technology to store, update and access patient records in the NHS.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Department is currently assessing the potential benefits of Blockchain along with a number of other innovative, emerging technologies. Blockchain has the potential to enable patients to have greater control over who can access their records through the use of encrypted data and a permanent ledger in which all transactions are recorded.

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