SPIRE is a new service that will be used to help NHSScotland and the Scottish Government plan for Scotland's health and care needs.
The gathering of this data will help NHSScotland plan and make the right decisions for patients.
To protect patient confidentiality, details will be encrypted before they are sent, so people can be sure their information is secure at all times. No reports that are produced to inform health and care planning will contain any patient identifiable data.
If patients are happy for NHSScotland to use information from their GP records, they don't need to do anything. If patients do not wish their data to be used in this way, they will need to contact the practice to opt-out.
For further information, visit spire.scot or call NHS Inform with your questions on SPIRE: 0800 22 44 88 (7 days a week, 8am - 10pm).
SPIRE is also on Twitter: @SPIREScotland.
Posted: 10 March 2017