Practice Policies - data sharing

Data Sharing Policy

Your electronic health record contains lots of information about you, including your medical history, the types of medication you take, any allergies you have and demographic information. In many cases, making this information visible to all of your carers plays a vital role in delivering the best care.

Steyning Medical Practice uses a computer system called SystmOne. It is designed to allow for safe and secure information sharing between health and social care organisations. It aims to join up healthcare based on a shared electronic medical record, improving access to clinical data and empowering you to take part in your care.

SystmOne has been designed to enable you to have greater control over your record and which of your carers can see it. As the patient, you can choose whether to share your patient record with each service that cares for you, for example, district nurses, urgent care organisations or care homes. Only SystmOne organisations where you have a direct care relationship can access your record and, until you are registered at one of these care services, your record will not be shared to them.

As a patient, you have complete control over who can see your medical information. Even if you give permission on one occasion, you can change this at any time.

In order for Steyning Medical Practice and another organisation to share your record, you must have given consent to both organisations.

To check or change your sharing preferences you should speak to Steyning Medical Practice and the other service / services where you are receiving care.

- For more information about Summary Care records please read this leaflet.

- For more information about Summary Care records with additional information please read this leaflet.

- For more information about Enhanced Data Sharing (EDSM) please reads this leaflet.

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