New data protection regulations are being introduced in the UK. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect in May and will apply to the healthcare sector in the UK.
Alongside this, a national data opt-out is being introduced across England to allow the public to opt out of confidential patient information being used for reasons beyond their individual care. Find out what you need to know about the national data opt-out and what it means for you.
Under the new regulations patients will have more control over their personal data and organisations that use personal data will increasingly be accountable for its lawful use and protection.
National data opt out
Following recommendations made by the National Data Guardian for health and care in England a new national data opt-out scheme has been developed. When an individual registers for a national data opt-out their confidential patient information will not be used for the purposes of planning and research.
They can change their preference at any time. The national data opt-out will be available online and by telephone.
NHS Digital will be the first organisation to implement the national data opt-out. Not all organisations such as hospitals will be able to implement this immediately, but by 2020 it is expected that all health and care organisations will be following the policy.
Preparing yourself for questions
You can play an important role in helping patients understand the importance of information so that they can make an informed choice.
Our initiative “Every nurse is an e-nurse” describes how effective sharing information is key to delivering health and social care now, and in the future.