Dear Reading Borough Council,

I would like to make a request under the FOI Act.

For the purposes of the Act, please take the date of your receipt of this request as 9th March 2016.

I am interested in the relationship between your organisation and the Connected Care clinical data repository (Graphnet 3rd party database), which I will refer to as "CC" in this FOI request, and as mentioned in this article:
http://www.digitalhealth.net/shared_care...

I wondered if you were one of the "6 local authorities" mentioned in that report.

• Please could you tell me whether your organisation is already extracting and uploading personal confidential data about patients/clients to the CC database?

• If not commenced already, do you have plans to commence feeds into the CC database at anytime between now and 31st March 2017?

If the answer to both of the above is no, then thank you very much, ignore the remainder of this request, and please consider my request closed.

However, if your organisation is already uploading, or is planning to before March 31st 2017, then please can you provide me with the following:

• Any and all fair processing information (posters/leaflets/handouts) made available, or planning to be made available, to patients/clients informing them of this new use of their data

• Any and all policies on the implementation of CC feeds by your organisation

• The types/nature of information that you are, or will be, extracting and uploading to the CC database

I am aware of the opt-out arrangements available at contributing GP surgeries. However, I am interested in how patients can (or if they cannot) prohibit your organisation from extracting and uploading information to the CC database in the first place (processing of their data which would have no purpose or justification if they have already opted-out at their GP surgery).

• Please could you tell me process available to patients to express dissent to *you*, for this type of processing of their data, and so block extraction uploading of all their personal confidential data to the CC database by your organisation (in line with the DPA and NHS Constitution)

• Please could you tell me whether the data controller for the CC database informs you when patients have opted out of having a CC record (e.g. having opted out at their GP surgery), which would in theory allow you to switch of the feed to the CC database for that patient's information

I would be grateful if you would be kind enough to send me the requested information promptly and in any event not later than the twentieth working day following the date of receipt of my request.

I would be grateful if you would kindly acknowledge receipt of this request as recommended by the ICO (“It would be good practice to acknowledge receipt of requests and to refer to the 20 working day time limit, so that applicants know their request is being dealt with”).

Thank you once again.

Kind regards,

Dr Neil Bhatia

FOI, CRT, Reading Borough Council

Dear Mr Bhatia

Thank you for your request for information under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (2000). In accordance with the Act, you can expect to receive a formal response to your enquiry by the 8 April 2016.

Yours sincerely,

Mr N Bullough
Senior Customer Relations Officer
Customer Relations | Corporate Support Services
Reading Borough Council
Level 1
Plaza West
Bridge Street
Reading Borough Council
RG1 2LU
0118 937 2726 (72726
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Dear Mr Bhatia,

 

Thank you for your request for information under the provisions of the
Freedom of Information Act (2000). 

 

     I am interested in the relationship between your organisation and the
Connected Care clinical data repository (Graphnet 3rd party

     database), which I will refer to as "CC" in this FOI request, and as
mentioned in this article:

    
[1]http://www.digitalhealth.net/shared_care...

    

     I wondered if you were one of the "6 local authorities" mentioned in
that report.

    

     • Please could you tell me whether your organisation is already
extracting and uploading personal confidential data about patients/clients
to the CC database?

    

     • If not commenced already, do you have plans to commence feeds into
the CC database at anytime between now and 31st March 2017?

    

     If the answer to both of the above is no, then thank you very much,
ignore the remainder of this request, and please consider my

     request closed.

    

     However, if your organisation is already uploading, or is planning to
before March 31st 2017, then please can you provide me with the

     following:

    

     • Any and all fair processing information (posters/leaflets/handouts)
made available, or planning to be made available, to patients/clients
informing them of this new use of their data

    

     • Any and all policies on the implementation of CC feeds by your
organisation

    

     • The types/nature of information that you are, or will be,
extracting and uploading to the CC database

    

     I am aware of the opt-out arrangements available at contributing GP
surgeries. However, I am interested in how patients can (or if they
cannot) prohibit your organisation from extracting and uploading
information to the CC database in the first place (processing of their
data which would have no purpose or justification if they have already
opted-out at their GP surgery).

    

     • Please could you tell me process available to patients to express
dissent to *you*, for this type of processing of their data, and so block
extraction uploading of all their personal confidential data to the CC
database by your organisation (in line with the DPA and NHS Constitution)

    

     • Please could you tell me whether the data controller for the CC
database informs you when patients have opted out of having a CC record
(e.g. having opted out at their GP surgery), which would in theory allow
you to switch of the feed to the CC database for that patient's
information

 

Our response is as follows:

 

I can advise that all six unitary authorities are part of the Berkshire
Connective Care programme. I can also confirm that Reading will not be
extracting and uploading personal confidential data about patients/clients
to the CC database pre March 2017.

 

You are free to use any information supplied to you for your own personal
purposes or for non-commercial research, private study or news reporting.
However, you do not have the right to re-use the information in a way
which infringes copyright, for example, by distributing, making copies of
or publishing the information, without the permission of the copyright
holder, which in most cases will be Reading Borough Council. If you wish
to obtain permission for such use, please contact Mr C Brooks, Head of
Legal and Democratic Services, at Reading Borough Council.

 

Please note that your request may itself be the subject of a FOI request
and will be disclosed in that event.

 

If you are unhappy with this response to your request for information
under the Freedom of Information Act then you may ask for an internal
review.  Please make a request in writing to Mr C Brooks, Head of Legal
and Democratic Services, at Reading Borough Council.  If you request such
a review and are not content with its outcome, then you have a right to
apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision.  The
Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Mr N Bullough

Senior Customer Relations Officer

Customer Relations | Corporate Support Services

Reading Borough Council

Level 1

Plaza West

Bridge Street

Reading Borough Council

RG1 2LU

0118 937 2726 (72726

[2]Website | [3]Facebook | [4]Twitter | [5]YouTube

 

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More information about NHS data sharing, including:

• care.data
• The Summary Care Record,
• The Hampshire Health Record
• The Berkshire Health Record (Connected Care)
• The Manchester Care Record
• The Stockport Health and Care Record
• The Salford Integrated Record
• The West Cheshire Care Record
• The North Staffs and Stoke-on-Trent Shared Record
• The Dorset Care Record
• Secondary uses of your information
• Local data streaming initiatives

can be found at:

www.nhsdatasharing.info

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