Your GP uses your data to provide the best care they can for you. As part of this process, your GP will use your personal and health data to undertake risk stratification.
Risk stratification involves using computer based algorithms or calculations to identify who most is at risk from certain medical conditions. This informs your GP of who will benefit from clinical care to help prevent or better treat their condition.
To identify those at risk manually out of everyone registered with your GP would be a lengthy and time-consuming process. This approach could result in identifying those at risk later on, and reducing the time to provide care. This is why a computerised process is used.
Your GP Surgery uses the services of a health partner, NHS South East CSU to undertake this process. We arrange this contract.
We will not have access to your personal or confidential data at any time and neither will South East CSU. They act on behalf of your GP to organise this service with appropriate contractual and security measures only.
South East CSU will process your personal and confidential data. Typically this will process your data using indicators such as your age, gender, NHS number and codes for your medical health to identify those who will benefit from clinical intervention. This processing takes place automatically and without human or manual handling, nobody sees this information. Data is extracted from your GP computer system, automatically processed, and the results are matched against those on your GPs system. Only your GP is able to view the outcome.
We have implemented strict security controls to protect your confidentiality and recommend this as a secure and beneficial service to you. At all times in this process your GP remains accountable for how your data is processed. However, if you wish, you can ask your GP for your data not to be processed for this purpose and your GP will mark your record as not to be extracted so it is not sent to South East CSU for risk stratification purposes.
We have identified key areas to concentrate on with regards to the health of East Surrey residents. You can read about these on the Our Plans page of our website.