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Friday 17 August 2018


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Better data protection laws should not drain general practice

Tuesday 14th August 2018

The UK introduced the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on May 2018, binding big and small organisations alike to follow strict data protection principles.
While it’s great that the UK is implementing measures to protect its citizens’ personal data, the introduction of GDPR has created a situation in which an existing task, the processing of subject access requests (SARs), is placing additional pressure on practices by leaving them to cope with an...

Mon, 1 Jan 2007
England is preparing for the introduction of the NHS Care Records Service. The information management and technology (IM&T) direct enhanced service (DES) for general practice is part of this preparation. Primary care consultant Kathie Applebee explains the structure of this new DES and the steps practices must take to ensure quality data administration
Fri, 1 Sep 2006
There are relatively few indicators for mental health in relation to the importance of these conditions; this reflects the complexity of mental health problems. These indicators focus on patients with serious mental illness. Jill Burke takes us through the issues of identifying patients, setting up the register and other data-quality issues that you may encounter
Fri, 1 Sep 2006
Calculating Quality and Outcomes Framework points correctly and uniformly is vital to ensuring the accurate assessment of practices’ performances. Yet exception reporting poses a problem: the set-up of the IT data system means that significant variations can creep into these figures. Julian Le Saux identifies the loopholes that you should be aware of
Thu, 1 Jun 2006
With new NHS IT initiatives and the increase of paperless surgeries, computers are more essential than ever to today’s practices. So it’s vital that IT staff are on hand to remedy any computer problems that may arise. But as Simon Wright illustrates, efforts should be made to ensure data security is not compromised by the accessibility of computer records
Thu, 1 Jun 2006
The advent of digital technology has meant that typing up dictated referral letters from GPs no longer need involve searching for lost cassettes and grappling with tape. Dr Peter Crouch assesses the value of dictation devices for practice managers who may be considering adopting a digital transcription system for their surgery