GP practices in North Lincolnshire are taking part in a new risk profiling process to identify patients who are most at risk of their condition making them more seriously ill in the future. The process will allow GPs and other healthcare professionals to make sure these patients receive extra care and support services to hopefully prevent their condition from causing greater problems later in life and potentially needing to attend hospital as an emergency.
Patients are identified using anonymised medical data from their records and all patients are automatically enrolled in the process unless they have expressed to their GP practice that they wish to opt out.
Dr Nick Stewart, GP and CCG Clinical Lead for Long Term Conditions explains why risk profiling will benefit patients: ‘We are constantly striving to improve the care we provide to our patients and want to do all we can to ensure that they are helped to live long and healthy lives. By pro-actively identifying patients who might benefit from some extra support sooner than later, we can work with them to prevent any condition from causing more serious problems in the future’
Risk profiling is carried out on behalf of GP practices by a third party company called 'Health Intelligence'. They are not able to identify individual patients from the data they use as all personal information (name, address etc) is removed. Your GP practice controls all your data and therefore only they can see your identifiable medical information. Everyone working for the NHS has a legal duty to keep information about you confidential.
If, however, you do not agree to your medical records being used, please speak to your GP or practice receptionist and they will remove your data from this process.
Is risk profiling anything to do with Care.Data?
You may have heard about Care.Data in the media. We want to reassure you that this process is not connected to Care.Data.
Can I see the information you will be providing to Health Intelligence?
Yes. Under the Data Protection Act 1988 you can find out what information is held about you. If you want to see your medical records you can make a written request to the NHS organisations where you are being or have been treated. You have the right to look at your personal data and object to it being used for this purpose if you wish to.