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a data imageJuly 5 2018

NHS Digital will introduce new software for the de-identification of patient information to improve data sharing across the NHS and social care.

De-identification is the process used to prevent a person's identity from being connected with their information, it said. “The new de-identification process (known as De-ID) will protect patient privacy by de-identifying a person’s records in a consistent way. 

“This will mean that when the right legal basis, controls and safeguards are in place, data can be linked across different care settings and geographic boundaries. This will help to improve health and care services through research and planning, and ultimately lead to better individual care.”

De-ID offers an automated and standardised single consistent way of de-identifying data, which should replace the range of systems currently being used and mean individual NHS teams no longer will have to manage their own de-identification processes. The De-ID software is being introduced in partnership with Privitar, a privacy engineering company.

Tom Denwood, NHS Digital’s Executive Director of Data, Insights and Statistics, said: “It’s not only more efficient; enabling us to safely produce useful data for research and analysis, but it’s also transparent, so we can improve tracking and auditing of how data is used across the system.”

NHS Digital has also announced a three-year strategic partnership with IBM to provide a range of data security and cyber security services.

NHS Digital’s existing Cyber Security Operations Centre (CSOC) will expand on the existing cyber security services and will include:

  • security monitoring pilots across selected NHS organisations, to test a range of security technologies and identify appropriate solutions that could be rolled out across the NHS estate;
  • enhanced services, such as vulnerability scanning and malware analysis;
  • enhancement of NHS Digital’s current monitoring capability;
  • access to IBM’s X-Force repository of threat intelligence.

Links:
NHS Digital announcement on De-ID     
NHS Digital announcement on IBM partnership 

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