Reference 2016-256

REF:            2016-256

Subject:        Data sharing

          

 

Request:

1 – How many data sharing agreements or information sharing agreements does the trust currently have with private organisations to share patient files or records?
2 – For each, please state i) the organisation concerned, ii) the number of patients involved and iii) the purpose of the agreement.
3 – Please also specify whether patients were asked beforehand if their information could be shared or whether the agreement was made on the basis of implied consent.

 

Response:

1 – How many data sharing agreements or information sharing agreements does the trust currently have with private organisations to share patient files or records?

 

For each external provider there are contractual arrangements in place to ensure that data is shared on a justifiable needs to know basis.  For example in our definition private organisations might include IT companies (who support our systems), hospitals, care agencies etc.   The Trust has signed up to a Greater Manchester information sharing agreement. There are many such arrangements in place to support the care of the patient.
2 – For each, please state i) the organisation concerned, ii) the number of patients involved and iii) the purpose of the agreement. The numbers of patients are not known. Information is only shared for direct care or the well-being of the patient.
3 – Please also specify whether patients were asked beforehand if their information could be shared or whether the agreement was made on the basis of implied consent.

 

Any data sharing is made on the basis of implied consent. This is justified that any data sharing is for direct patient care and is in accordance with the statutory requirements of the Health and Social Care 2015. Where information is shared for purposes other than direct care e.g. research then explicit consent is obtained.

 

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