"NHS National Services Scotland (NHS NSS) has launched an information sharing system, drawing from GP records, to support planning in health and social care."
"Named the Scottish Primary Care Information Resource (SPIRE), it has been developed with the Royal College of GPs and the Scottish GP committee of the British Medical Association, backed up by an independent advisory group."
"The system has been designed to transfer information from GPs to NHS NSS and provide a channel for requests for research purposes by GPs, other NHS organisations and approved researchers."
"The data will include date of birth, gender, vaccinations, diagnoses and prescribed medicines, but not any names, other personal details or notes made by a doctor or nurse. It will all be encrypted before it leaves the GP practice..."
Opt out model
"The system will work on an ‘opt out’ model of patient consent, so that anyone who does not wish for their data to be shared will have to inform their GP. NHS NSS is about to begin a four-week public information campaign to explain the arrangements to patients."