Rebecca Todd writes in E-Health Insider:
Care.data information leaflets being sent to households in January will tell patients that an opt-out of the Summary Care Record scheme will not carry over to a new montly GP data extract.
Patients can opt out of both schemes if they wish, but must do so separately.
The care.data programme involves taking a large dataset from all GP practices covering patient demographics, events, referrals and prescriptions.
This will be linked with Hospital Episode Statistics and other data-sets to create new Care Episode Statistics, giving a more holistic view of patient journeys in the NHS.
Last week, NHS England announced a Â£2m public awareness campaign being run with the Health and Social Care Information Centre, which will involve a patient information leaflet being sent to 22m homes.
The leaflets will be sent in January and extractions will begin in spring next year, with new linked datasets flowing to commissioners from the middle of 2014.
Some GPs had expressed concern that the leaflet drop will coincide with patients being sent information about the SCR.
This is a completely different programme, which involves a limited patient dataset being uploaded to the NHS Spine where it can be viewed by emergency physicians involved in that patientâ€™s care.