By March 2015 the government has mandated that the NHS provides patients online access to their GP medical records. These records contain potentially sensitive personal information, so it’s important that individuals know how to keep them safe. Everyone should take the same care with their health and social care records as they do if they use online banking.
To help people understand how to keep their records safe including advice on sharing electronic health and care records, creating a strong password and keeping it secure, and developing good habits online to protect your information on your computer or mobile, we have published a new guidance leaflet for the public - 'Keeping your online health and social care records safe and secure.'
The guidance has been developed by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and the Department for Health (DH) as the result of a joint project. We have developed and tested the advice with patients, patient support groups and other interested organisations. It is available free of charge.