Wednesday, February 03, 2016
How Sure Are You This Sort Of Stuff Will Not Start Happening As The Usage Of The PCEHR Rises?
This appeared in the UK last week:
A new power allowing civil servants to see the detail in all sick notes handed out by GPs has been branded 'state snooping' today.
Critics fear that now the Department for Work and Pensions have access to the data from next month it will be used to name and shame surgeries who issue the most 'fit notes'.
Data on the number of people GPs signed off as 'unfit' or 'maybe fit' used to be completely anonymised.
Now it will include their gender, health problem, location and how long they are off sick for.
GPs will need to inform patients their data is being taken, but cannot withhold information unless their patient has a good reason to object.
Family Doctor Association chairman Dr Peter Swinyard said: 'I think that is state snooping.
'Although I am sure some civil servant thought it was a terrific idea somewhere, I am not entirely sure I agree. I don't know if patients understand that when I write a fit note, some bureaucrat is going to be able to have a look at it.'
GP and data sharing campaigner Dr Neil Bhatia said he was 'not sure why' practice-level data was required, 'other than to compare practices, create league tables, name and shame'.
The data will also say what type of health condition the person has and the location of where the note was issued.
If people allow all this PCEHR nonsense to proceed - see just what my happen with the DoH having vast fun mining all the data they are collecting.
You can bet this is the sort of stuff they have in mind. I am sure I am going to opt-out of this nonsense before it gets to cause humongous trouble.
If you trust your detailed health information to the Government you deserve all they then do with it!
Posted by Dr David More MB PhD FACHI at Wednesday, February 03, 2016