Confidentiality of Medical Records
Lancet. 1984 Oct 13; 2(8407): 881.
An Inter-Professional Working Group on Access to Personal Health Information in Great Britain has drawn up a draft code intended to safeguard the confidentiality of patients' medical records. The code, which is being circulated to health authorities and consumer groups for comment, permits disclosure without the patient's and/or health professional's consent in seven situations involving public health, national security, biomedical research, court order, statute, law enforcement, or complaints against health professionals or authorities. Passage of the 1984 Data Protection Act had left many health professionals concerned about unauthorizied access to medical information, and the Working Group and its code represent attempts on the part of the government to answer that concern. (KIE abstract)
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