What are Privacy Labels?
Privacy labels are a way for you to label each data point in your record with one of four categories. You can then decide who has access to each one of the categories, and this determines what they can see in your record. For example if you had a carer who you did not want to view any data in your record relating to sexual health, you would not give them access to ‘Sexual health’ and they would not be able to see any data with this label.
What are the different categories?
General Health - this can be used for most of the health record and includes information that most health professionals will use to deliver care
Mental Health - this can be used for anything relating to a mental health diagnosis such as depression or anxiety.
Sexual Health - this can be used for anything relating to your sexual health.
Social Care - this can be used for care from local authority social care team, including disability funding and home care services.
Can I add multiple privacy labels to one data point?
No, a data point can only be given one label (although this label can be changed).
How can I change a privacy label?
Next to the data point, you will see the privacy label with a pencil icon beside it. Clicking on the pencil will allow you to change the privacy label. For more information, please see the help page for the particular data point you are trying to change e.g Medications, Plans etc.
How can I change a privacy label on the Tests, Appointments & Journal pages?
Starting with the Tests, Appointment & Journal pages, we are introducing a new actions menu to enable users to find all actions in a single place. Therefore on these pages, click on the ellipsis icon beside the entry you wish to edit the privacy label of and click ‘Edit privacy.’
Why does some data not have a privacy label?
Diagnoses might not always have a privacy label associated with it. When receiving a diagnosis via FHIR, the privacy label will be unset if either a privacy label is not provided or if a privacy mapping doesn't already exist for that diagnosis. Diagnoses with unset privacy labels can only be seen by a professional or carer with access to all four privacy labels (general, sexual, mental and social) and the patient.
PKB will be doing some work in the future to map the privacy labels for diagnoses data with an unset privacy label. We will also introduce the ability for patients to set the privacy label for diagnoses with an unset privacy label.
Any symptom or measurement added via the user interface is stored as general health.
Measurements added by organisations via their HL7 feed can be sent with any privacy label.