Care.data: gone but not forgotten
Care.data has been officially dead for more than a month, but its legacy is far from buried. Ben Heather takes another look at the devil in the detail of the Caldicott 3 report.
NHS-backed apps put patient data at risk
Dozens of apps that feature in the NHS Health Apps Library put the privacy of patient data at risk, according to a paper published in the open access journal BMC Medicine.
Pharmacy 2U investigated for data sale
An online pharmacy part-owned by clinical software supplier Emis has come under fire for selling the data of some customers to a marketing firm.
Coming up, in 2015
A clear direction for NHS IT was set in 2014; but could be disrupted by the general election due on 7 May, according to experts asked for their predictions for healthcare IT in 2015.
Care.data review raises questions
An independent review on the first stage of NHS England’s controversial care.data programme says a wide range of “unresolved” questions must be answered before it can proceed.
Power to the people on: the great confidentiality face-off
Confidentiality can’t just be toggled on and off, because it goes to the heart of the doctor/patient relationship. Paul Hodgkin argues modern IT systems need to reflect that.
Enter the CCG
Dr John Lockley’s attempts to make effective use of data for clinical commissioning are being thwarted by the Section 251 debacle.
Exemption to share SUS data granted
NHS England has been granted a six-month exemption to allow patient-identifiable data to flow to commissioners.
Off the record
A group of well-known privacy campaigners have the GP Extraction Service in their sights. Lis Evenstad reports from the launch of medConfidential.
Govt seeks to change NHS Constitution
The government has launched a consultation on changes to the NHS Constitution that effectively spells out how few rights people have to object to their data being shared and used for research.