Patient Data Advisory Group Disbands

Mar 16, 2015

The General Practice Extraction Service Independent Advisory Group (GPES IAG) will cease to exist by the end of June.

The independent group was established in 2012 to advise on the use of patient data from GP records.

In July last year, GP Dr Joanne Bailey was appointed as the new Chair of the organisation, which set out to ensure data extracted from patient records was used securely, confidentially and privately whilst providing patient benefits.

However, the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has now decided that two other organisations can cover the scope of GPES IAG and so it will disband later this year.

The new Data Dissemination Advisory Group (DDAG) and the already existing Standardisation Committee for Care Information (SCCI) will take over the old group’s functions.

DDAG is also set to replace the Data Access Advisory Group, which was established to ensure patient data for research purposes is done only in a control environment.

Unification And Simplicity

“The HSCIC is moving towards a more unified and simple structure underpinned by the cornerstones of independence, clinical oversight, public scrutiny and transparency,” claimed a statement on the organisation’s website.

“The IAG has played a vital role in providing expert scrutiny to general practice data extraction and it is important that its acquired knowledge is reflected in the activities of the SCCI and the DDAG.

“The HSCIC would like to thank the committee for its hard work to date and the valuable role it will continue to play in the coming transitional months,” it added.


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