February 2014 Archive

Concerns grow over medical records’ database

Healthwatch England, the consumer’s champion in health and care, has called for the implementation of the Care.data programme, a centralised database designed to allow sharing of medical records to be delayed as there appears to be low awareness of the plans among the majority of the public. The idea behind the database is to collate all hospital and community care medical records so that NHS researchers can build a picture of the state of the nation’s health which will help to map disease, control infection, research the efficacy of various drugs and monitor the standard of care across the country.
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