NHS Criticized Over Data Storage Plans

by Rajshri on  May 10, 2010 at 10:51 PM General Health News
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The NHS in Britain is being accused of employing �scaring tactics� to pressurize the patients in accepting the storage of their data on a computer network even as various doctors criticized the system as being chaotic at best.
 NHS Criticized Over Data Storage Plans
NHS Criticized Over Data Storage Plans

The organization posted a document on its website, warning patients that not opting to store their data on the computer network could lead to nurses and doctors not being aware of their recent diagnoses which might lead the hospitals to delay their treatment or give them wrong medication.

While the NHS admitted that there is a confidentiality risk in digitalizing the records, it also said that the current form of storage is not without its risk.

However the system has come under huge criticism from both the doctors and various watch groups, claiming that the NHS has a big problem on hand related to lost records while there are a number of technical problems such as data being uploaded without the patients� knowledge.




Source: Medindia
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