"Local organisations should be aiming to have isolated, moved away from or be actively managing any unsupported systems by April 2018," the response said
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The NHS is to get a funding boost for cybersecurity measures, while the UK government has promised patients a digital service that lets them see who's accessed their health records. The commitments are part of its response to two reviews into patient data – one from the National Data Guardian for health and care, Fiona …
"Local organisations should be aiming to have isolated, moved away from or be actively managing any unsupported systems by April 2018,"
That phraseology struck me as being the wrong way to say the right thing. We all know stuff can't always be done instantly but "by April 2018" gives too much wriggle room for managers to assign lower priorities in favour of - well whatever takes their fancy. "As soon as possible and certainly no later than April 2018" would have been far better. "As a top priority" would have been better still.
"The response (PDF) accepts the recommendations of both reviews, which included a simplified model for consent, the adoption of 10 data security standards and significant improvements to the way data use is communicated to the public."
I don't want simplified, I want complicated!
As an example, I went to the dentist recently and they asked me to sign a consent form. There were about 4 different phrases with reference to how my data is used. I had to consent before I was "allowed" treatment. I objected to two of the phrases regarding outside use and access, only to be told I can't do that (I had modified the form and initialled it to withdraw consent for those items).
If I didn't agree to my data being given to other organisations I wouldn't be treated.
Well the "Gubmint" can go kiss its arse for fuxache!
Sounds like a lot of money? To be split between 27 organisations (the major trauma centres)
As for the other 206 secondary care NHS organisations, Acutes with A&E's, Mental Health Trusts, AMBULANCE TRUSTS... they will have to bid for part of the £50M allocated to the ENTIRE NHS to be released over the next 2.5 years, when in reality they will all have to meet strict standards by April 2018.
Rock and a hard place? -
Perhaps it would be better if the NHS was one integrated service rather than multiple feifdoms doing their own thing.
It may also reduce "sound bite" government, but I doubt it.
P.S I had an appontment at Ipswich hospital audiology department first thing on 15/05/2017. The hospital was unaffected by WannaCry as they were fully patched and up to date.
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