Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Integrated children`s database for Dumfries and Galloway

"Schools, social workers and police will be able to access children’s confidential medical records in a new integrated database established by NHS Dumfries and Galloway."

"The move, which renews fresh fears over data sharing, has been described by the health board as a `pioneering achievement`."

"Graham Gault, General Manager ICT at NHS Dumfries and Galloway, said: `We now have a powerful and sophisticated tool to link children from records and datasets that use NHS numbers, social care numbers, police references, education references and any other type of identifier...`"

"NextGate, the US-based IT specialists who designed the database to fit with the Scottish Government’s ‘Getting it right for every child’ guidelines, said: `This project represents a major move forward in Scotland for delivering joined-up services. Population health relies on accurate, timely, and aggregated information.`"

"But Simon Calvert, spokesman for NO2NP, warned: `This is the Big Brother state writ large. Don’t these people realise how creepy it is to be boasting about how easy they’ve made it for officials to access highly sensitive data on children?`"

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