New face to oversee patient confidentiality

A new chair has been appointed to the General Practice Extraction Service Independent Advisory Group.

Dr Joanne Bailey has now been given the role of overseeing the use of patient data gathered from records held by GPs. The group was established in 2012 to ensure that patient confidentiality was a priority. It was established before the Care Data information-sharing scheme was introduced, although this subject is expected to feature heavily in their work over the next few years.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre stated that this advisory group is playing an important role in ensuring that all information gathered from GP records is securely used and that patient confidentiality remains paramount. Dr Bailey has worked with the group since it was established. She will be taking over the chair from Neil Serougi, who held the post for two years. Her nomination came from Dame Fiona Caldicott, who currently holds the post of the Chair of the Independent Information Governance Oversight Panel. 

Dr Bailey has also worked on the BMA/RCGP Joint GP IT Committee since 2004. She stated that she would work to ensure that patient confidentiality continues to be a priority. The subject of patient confidentiality is currently one that is at the forefront of health news as the Care Data database has met with delays. In addition, there have been claims that the use of Big Data will not be enough to solve confidentiality problems in the health sector.