CEOs reminded to pseudonymise

April 7th, 2010 by admin

NHS CEOs received a gentle reminder in the 26 February – 4 March 2010 issue of The Week that implementation of pseudonymisation is due for completion by March 2011.

As stated in Informatics Planning 2010/11,  “All NHS commissioners and providers of NHS commissioned care should complete the implementation of pseudonymisation by March 2011 in line with plans submitted in October 2009.”

The Pseudonymisation Implementation Project (PIP) supports NHS policy and legal requirement to de-identify patient data when it is used for purposes not involving the direct care of the patient, i.e. Secondary Use, unless the patient’s consent or Section 251 approval is received for that specific purpose.

DH has produced a summary for chief executives outlining the organisational obligations to deliver pseudonymisation. There is a suite of supporting implementation guidance available on the Connecting for Health PIP website to support organisations in this work.

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