Health Committee Press Notice No 12

5 February 2007
Session 2006-07

New Inquiry€” The Electronic Patient Record and its use

New Inquiry€” The Electronic Patient Record and its use

The Committee has decided to undertake an inquiry into the development of the electronic patient record. The inquiry will focus particularly on the following areas:

€ What patient information will be held on the new local and national electronic record systems, including whether patients may prevent their personal data being placed on systems;

€ Who will have access to locally and nationally held information and under what circumstances;

€ Whether patient confidentiality can be adequately protected;

€ How data held on the new systems can and should be used for purposes other than the delivery of care e.g. clinical research; and

€ Current progress on the development of the NHS Care Records Service and the National Data Spine and why delivery of the new systems is up to 2 years behind schedule.

Organisations and individuals are invited to submit written evidence. Written evidence should if possible be in Word or rich text format€”not PDF format€”and sent by e-mail to [email protected] . The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

The deadline is Friday 16 March 2007.

Submissions must address the terms of reference. They should be in the format of a self-contained memorandum and should be no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary. Further guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at . Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere, though previously published work can be referred to in a submission and submitted as supplementary material. Once submitted, your submission becomes the property of the Committee and no public use should be made of it unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to publish the written evidence it receives, either by printing the evidence, publishing it on the internet or making it publicly available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure; the Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.

For data protection purposes, it would be helpful if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details in a covering letter or e-mail.

Evidence sessions are likely to commence after the Easter Recess and a later press notice will give details of these.

The Health Committee is a Select Committee of the House of Commons. It is appointed under Standing Order No.152 to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department of Health and associated public bodies. The Committee has the power to send for persons, papers and records.