Patients can ‘opt out' of electronic patient records

Health Minister Lord Warner, has said that patients have the right to dissent, or opt out, of having information shared.

Lord Warner
Lord Warner
This announcement was made at a Health Service Journal conference in London.

Lord Warner talked about the need to properly inform patients about changes to the way their information might be held and shared under the care records service.

He said: ‘If patients do not opt out they will be deemed to have given implied consent to the sharing of their information, under strict controls between those legitimately treating them.’

Lord Warner stated that he would soon reveal details of a campaign to tell people about electronic records. This will include national roadshows and an explanatory leaflet going to most of the households in England.

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