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Update 2/5/17: If you are concerned about GP records, see this post… In matters of health and care, your relationship with your doctor is based on a very human spirit of confidentiality. Not the cold law of data protection. Any large, formal system is bound to breach the Hippocratic Oath; “First, do no harm”. Data doesn’t care. In a purely digital world, a thing either is or it isn’t – with no nuance. Smaller systems, talking to each other, offer more discretion for the humanity of your situation. It is  why fax machines still work better than e-mail for the […]
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First appeared in www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs  on 25 June 2018 If you want to make sure your medical data isn’t shared with third parties for unknown purposes, you may need to take action now. Here’s why – and how. Image: Yuri Samoilov/Flickr, CCBY licence. If you happen to visit your doctor in the next few weeks, you may (or may not) spot a new poster or leaflet; they are NHS blue, with a yellow stripe at the bottom, headlined “Your Data Matters to the NHS”. Like all those e-mails you’ve been receiving asking you to opt in to receiving marketing, the poster […]
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