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+ - Google / Microsoft to handle UK patient data?

Submitted by Wowsers
Wowsers (1151731) writes "The Conservative Party, widely seen in the UK as the political 'party in waiting' whenever there will be an election, have proposals for patients medical data to be handled by Google or Microsoft, in some sort of competition to the failed £16bn (US $26bn) National Health Computer system. Nowhere are there proposals to keep your private medical details with your local doctor and out of everyone else's hands.

Patients will be given the option of moving their medical notes to private companies after the Conservatives said that they would replace Labour's "centrally determined and unresponsive national IT system".

The Tories hope that users will be able to choose from a range of private sector websites, possibly including those operated by Bupa, the healthcare provider. This has raised issues of privacy and security, with MPs and health professionals warning it could hamper doctors' ability to access medical records quickly in an emergency.

Mr Cameron [Conservative party leader] has repeatedly promised to abolish large IT databases. The National Audit Office has said that Connecting for Health, the electronic patient records programme, will not be completed until 2014, four years late, and is expected to cost £12.4 billion. The recent termination of contracts with key software suppliers could add further to the cost.

The Shadow Health Secretary, has also raised questions over whether it is safe for a central database to store sensitive medical records and has asked the British Computer Society to review the NHS IT programme. It is due to report later in the summer.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article6644919.ece"

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