January looks like it’s going to be a busy NHS news month and December set out a very information rich programme.
Do you need a catch up from the holidays time? I know I could do with going back to September really, I blinked and missed the last quarter. But lots of news came in at the end of year, in typical holiday time, which is relevant to care.data, health data sharing and its backdrop:
 December 18th: The Independent Information Governance Oversight Panel report raises questions about the preparation for a pilot stage of the care.data programme.
A very thorough and most significant report. I considered this is more detail here.
 December 22nd: The Primary Care Support (PCS) Services procurement. Launched in November 2014 interested suppliers were asked to respond to a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ).
“Members of our Stakeholder Group, staff from the PCS Service and experts in the procurement team have been evaluating the responses received from the PQQ. We have now produced a short list of suppliers to invite to the next stage of the procurement. We will be announcing the shortlisted suppliers in January 2015.”
How will this affect primary care records’ management and is that unknown being factored into current decision making?
 December 28th The Guardian reported the delayed Rose Report would be out in January and say the NHS is hampered by poor management structure.
 December 30th Poulter announces DWP prescription check “The government is planning to give High Street pharmacists access to Department of Work and Pensions IT systems to check whether patients in England are entitled to free prescriptions.”
This raises a raft of questions on data protection with implications for patient confidentiality, expected purposes, informed consent and data linkage.
 December: a New HSCIC Code of Confidentiality
A longer read and leaves not everyone content it addresses all the needed questions. Opt outs and technical solutions on anonymisation remain two areas of undefined detail relevant for care.data.
 January 2nd: IIGOP annual report How health and social care organisations are implementing recommendations about sharing information.
This is a key publication on data sharing as a whole [not only care.data] – snuck in on one of the quietest days of the year perhaps? Some points of particular mention are those which set expectations for legislation change:
The second piece of law needing defined and actioned goes back almost a year to February 2014 and Mr. Hunt’s promise of a statutory opt out, which would seem fundamental to any next step step and pilots.
On opt out IIGOP said:
 January 5th: The Health and Social Care Information Centre will launch a secure data lab for viewing sensitive patient data in March, allowing it to support the pathfinder stage of NHS England’s controversial care.data programme.
What about opt out – technical feasibility and the Ministers promises to put it into legislation, still not done yet?
Everything connected to everything in the market matters in the bigger picture. See ,  and consider commercial data uses.
 Predictions from professionals for 2015 via EHI Insider: A clear direction for NHS IT was set in 2014; but could be disrupted by the general election due on 7 May, according to experts asked for their predictions for healthcare IT in 2015.
So, this quarter is getting off to an information-rich start with the December releases of reports and news having laid an interesting foundation for the coming quarter. And election purdah at the end of March…
 My own care.data wish list – no more surprises please – what will care.data plans hold for 2015?
 IIGOP care.data report https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/iigop-report-on-caredata
 Primary Care support services outsourcing / transformation http://www.england.nhs.uk/commissioning/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2014/12/Final_Stakeholder_Update_December_2014-.pdf
 The Rose Report http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/28/nhs-management-system-complex-rose-report
 HSCIC code of confidentiality http://systems.hscic.gov.uk/infogov/codes/cop/code.pdf
 IIGOP Annual Report: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/iigop-annual-report-2014
 HSCIC secure data lab news: http://www.ehi.co.uk/news/primary-care/9815/hscic-data-lab-to-launch-in-march
 Commissioning plans: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/public-health-commissioning-in-the-nhs-2015-to-2016
 2015 Predictions: http://www.ehi.co.uk/news/primary-care/9800/coming-up-in-2015
 My own wish list fior care.data in 2015: http://jenpersson.com/care-data-2015-list/
Oh, and my New Year’s Resolution, I’m cutting my posts in half. Nothing over 1000 words.