ICO issues statement regarding use of TPP SystmOne
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has issued a statement in relation to recent concerns about the sharing of patient medical records held by GPs on TPP SystmOne, for the purposes of direct care.
The statement says: "The ICO has data protection compliance concerns about SystmOne's enhanced data sharing function... However, given the possible impact to patient care, the ICO is not advocating that users switch off data sharing at this stage."
Keith McNeil, NHS Chief Clinical Information Officer, said: "Access to good information is essential to good care. Doctors, nurses and other health care workers need to see a person's medical history to be able to give them safe and effective treatment.
"Every health and care worker knows that medical information is sensitive, personal and should only be accessed when appropriate. Rules about appropriate use are written into individual contracts, and for clinicians it is also part of professional codes of practice.
"Medical data should always be managed fairly and lawfully, with the highest levels of security and safety. Access to records in commonly used GP IT systems is audited and can always be traced back, because users log in using unique identifiers and secure access methods.
"We are currently working with TPP and GP representatives to address concerns raised by ICO."