NHS Allows Patients to Delete EHRs - But Only If Unused?

Following discussions with the Information Commissioner's Office, the agency in charge of the NHS National Programme for IT has given patients the right to delete an SCR as long as it has not been used.

The right will also apply to records with no information, even when some should have been entered because of a medical intervention. But CfH said it will not apply to records which have been used because they may be needed in the future for legal purposes.

Previously, CfH had intended that, while patients had the right of veto over the creation of a SCR, once it was set up ti could not be deleted but only masked.

The SCR will provide an electronic record with an overview of a patient's care, that can accessed, with consent, by staff in England's NHS. Its implementation is now four years overdue.

Note the last sentence. Implementation = 4 years overdue.

Obama Admin. health folks please set your watches to a stardate at least 4 years hence...

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