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NHS patients can formally opt out of having their data used for research or planning purposes.

NHS England has introduced the National Data Opt-Out to replace the previous ‘type 2’ opt-out which required NHS Digital to refrain from sharing a patient’s confidential patient information for purposes beyond their direct care. 

“Individual preferences will be collected from today and by 2020 all health and care organisations are required to have applied these preferences in all research and planning situations in which confidential patient information is used” said NHS Digital. It will apply these preferences with immediate effect. 

The Opt-out facility will currently run in a beta format while the system is assessed for suitability. “Any person with an existing type 2 opt-out will have it automatically converted to a national data opt-out from today and will shortly receive a letter giving them more information and a leaflet explaining the new national data opt-out. We will continue to collect and convert type 2 opt-outs during the beta phase.”

The announcement was made on May 25, the same day that the General Data Protection Regulation came into effect. As part of the process to raise awareness of the GDPR, NHS England has launched a six-week public campaign to raise awareness of new stronger protections for patient information.

It will focus initially on the GDPR and from early June it will promote the choice the public have with the new national data opt-out. “This staged approach is designed to support clinicians and ensure messages are reaching the public in a clear and accessible way,” said NHS England.

Dr Simon Eccles, chief clinical information officer for Health and Care, added: “Sharing information between health and care professionals can be lifesaving by quickly providing staff with the details they need, from patient histories to previous test results and care plans.

“This campaign will highlight to the public how the health and care system uses their data, safely and securely, to improve the care they receive, plan services and research new treatments and to tell the public ‘their data matters to the NHS’.”

Links:
NHS England announcement
NHS Digital ‘opt out’ announcement     

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