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New data security standards for the NHS

New data security standards for the NHS

Two major reports suggest changes to the way that NHS organisations handle patient data. Medeconomics explains what this means for practices.

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CQC highlights good practice in data security

CQC highlights good practice in data security

In a report on data security in the NHS, the CQC has identified good practice across a number of key areas. Medeconomics summarises the regulator's findings.

Providing online access to patient records

Providing online access to patient records

Practices are contractually required to provide patients with access to their coded information in their patient record online. Fionnuala O'Donnell explains how practices can do this and provides links to useful resources.

General Practice Forward View: How will IT in general practice develop?

General Practice Forward View: How will IT in general practice develop?

The General Practice Forward View sets out big plans for investment in IT in general practice, including a £45m programme to support the uptake of online consultation systems.

Patient online arrangements under the 2016/17 GMS contract

Patient online arrangements under the 2016/17 GMS contract

Under the GMS contract arrangements for 2016/17 in England NHS Employers and the GPC have agreed to further develop patient online services.

How telehealth can benefit patients

How telehealth can benefit patients

Practices can make use of new technology to support patients with long-term conditions and help individuals stop smoking or lose weight.

Data protection in GP practices

Data protection in GP practices

Effective information governance is vital in healthcare. MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Edward Farnan outlines steps practices can take to ensure patient confidentiality is protected.

Proxy access to online patient records

Proxy access to online patient records

Dr Pallavi Bradshaw from the MPS explains how practices should deal with online access to medical records for parents, guardians and carers.

Using social media to improve patient care

Using social media to improve patient care

Marc Schmid and Dr Ruth Chambers explain how practices in Stoke-on-Trent are making use of social media to educate and engage with patients.

Avoiding the risks of online access to records

Avoiding the risks of online access to records

Practices must ensure the confidentiality and accuracy of medical records that patients access online, says the MDU.

Improving GP access using SMS

Improving GP access using SMS

Dr Muhammed Akunjee and Dr Nazmul Akunjee explain how sending text messages to inform patients about results of routine blood tests has freed up more than 600 appointments per year in their practice.

How IT plans will affect GP practices

How IT plans will affect GP practices

There are ambitious plans to expand the use of technology in the NHS in order to improve patient care and outcomes, but how will this impact on practices in the coming years? Fiona Barr reports

Improving services for our care home patients

Improving services for our care home patients

Aseem Kumar and Dr Vaishali Ashar describe how their practice has used IT to change the way it provides medical services to local care homes and, as a result, reduce A&E attendance.

Online consultations

How to set up a Skype consultation service

Marc Schmid explains what is involved with setting up video consultations in GP practices. The article includes a downloadable practice protocol and patient information leaflet.

How GP practices are using video consultations

Three case studies highlight how practices are using video consultations to improve patient care and deliver cost savings.

Practice protocol for video consultations: Downloadable Word document

This practice protocol can be downloaded and adapted for use in your practice. It covers organisation and set-up, patient inclusion and exclusion criteria, advice on conducting online consultations and a consultation checklist

Video consultation patient information leaflet and consent form: Downloadable Word document

This patient information leaflet and consent form can be downloaded and adapted for use in your practice. It addresses concerns about security plus the benefits and risks of video consultations.

Conducting online patient consultations

MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Beverley Ward explains what practices must consider if they want to provide online consultations for patients.

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