This is the second time this week that we've had to point out the critical flaws in the security around medical records, which in turn demonstrates why our report Broken Records (which received a typically frosty response from the NHS) was an important contriubtion to the debate on the issue.
From Computerworld UK:
An NHS data quality manager has pleaded guilty to illegally going through patients’ medical records. Dale Trever, 22, allegedly looked at records on 431 occasions. All the records were of female patients.
Furthermore, Trever snooped on records relating to family, friends and colleagues on 336 of these occasions.
Trever accessed the records between October 2008 and June 2009, while working at the Hull Primary Care Trust, sometimes at weekends as well.
At Hull Crown Court, Trever pleaded guilty to seven counts of breaching the Computer Misuse Act 1990 by accessing patients’ medical records without authority.
If we can't trust that hospitals and surgeries will keep our medical records confidential, the whole health system fails. This is exactly why the Summary Care Record is being opposed from various quarters and why many people in Britain feel very upset about its clandestine introduction.
But will the Coalition listen?
By Dylan Sharpe