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Computerised patient records – are they secure?

Posted Mar 29 2010 12:00am

The answer to that question seems to be a resounding No!

Patient records are about to be computerised, as I’m sure you know, and as everyone else should be, I’m concerned about security. Not least because the assurances are, frankly, piss-poor.

Paper records, by the way, are hopelessly unsecure, and always have been.

Big Brother Watch , though, has claimed that as many as 100,000 non-medical staff could access computerised patient records.

A spokesman for the Department of Health has said: “We have made it very clear that it is completely unacceptable for staff with no involvement in providing and supporting patient care to access confidential information.”

Note well the wording. “Completely Unacceptable” is not remotely the same as “ completely impossible”.

To me that says that patient records are not secure. Not at all, and not in any sense of the word. There is nothing in that statement that implies anything else.

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