Friday, March 24, 2006

GP puts patient records on Internet

I'm all for giving patients access to their medical records (which is their right under the Data Protection Directive across the EU). Whether providing that access via the Internet is a sensible balance of risk and convenience is quite another question:

A GP in England last week claimed to be the first NHS doctor to make patients’ records available on the internet. Richard Fitton, of Hadfield Medical Centre, Glossop, posted the notes of two volunteers on a commercially run website as part of a programme to test the feasibility of giving patients, and any other authorised individual, access to their records from anywhere in the world. At least two other GPs are also planning to recruit patients to the programme.

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