From 1st September 2021, patient data extractions are changing. The new extraction is designed to help support the planning and commissioning of services. However, there is much media frenzy at the moment about how bad this is, patient records will be shared with the world so no patient data will be safe. However, in reality, what is shared is
- any living patient registered at a GP practice in England when the collection started - this includes children and adults
- any patient who died after 1 July 2021, and was previously registered at a GP practice in England when the data collection started
NHS Digital will not collect patients’ names or addresses. Any other data that could directly identify patients (such as NHS Number, date of birth, full postcode) is replaced with unique codes which are produced by de-identification software before the data is shared with NHS Digital.