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New independent patient record guidance published

New independent patient record guidance for safe keeping of electronic health and care records is published today. (Published: 26 February 2013)

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 device, all appear in new guidance leaflet for the public - 'Keeping your online health and social care records safe and secure.' The guidance has been published today by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and the Department for Health (DH) as the result of a joint project. It is available free of charge from and http://www.bcs.org/saferecordkeeping.

The guidance is for people who are accessing their own records and who may want to share them with others. It doesn't include specific advice for people who may be using records on behalf of someone else who can't do it themselves (for example, children or someone who needs support to make decisions.)

Dr Charles Gutteridge, National Clinical Director from the DH says: "Millions of people across the globe are using online records and apps to look after themselves. In the UK, there is an increasing amount of online information for health purposes which includes NHS Choices, the Summary Care Record, electronic prescribing and booking systems. This guidance really helps everyone to understand how to maximise the benefits of online health resources and how to keep their personal data secure."

Please read the full BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT press release http://www.bcs.org/content/conWebDoc/49996.