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The ICO undertook a review of GP practices and found that they generally have good data protection policies in place as well as a good awareness of patient confidentiality and security. The report by the ICO did however highlight that improvements could be made to the process of reporting data breaches as well as informing patients on how their data is being used. Lee Taylor, ICO Team Manager summarised the findings of the report by saying:
“The NHS processes some of the most sensitive personal information available and data breaches at GP surgeries can have significant repercussions for the individuals affected. But we were broadly pleased with what we saw during the advisory visits. Having the right policies and procedures in place is the backbone to good data protection and the GP practices we visited tended to have these.
“The findings are particularly important as the NHS has been undergoing a period of considerable change. We hope GP surgeries use this report to review their procedures for handling personal information at their own practice; this can only be good news for patients.”
In today’s world, there are more connected devices than there are people; creating ever growing challenges around cyber security and data protection. For this reason, it is fundamental for companies to put sufficient thought into data privacy to guarantee appropriate protection. In light of seemingly constant negative press surrounding data protection and data breaches, it is refreshing to report on an industry practising good data protection processes. Redstor provide a range of cloud services designed with security and data protection foremost in mind. Our services are in use in over 10,000 organisations across the public and private sectors which is testament to the reliability and security we offer. Redstor help organisations address challenges in Offsite Backup service ensures data is safely backed up offsite in an encrypted format. Our cloud sync and share service, Centrastor, enables organisations to store and share files securely online from any device with an Internet connection and our CentraStage service enables support providers to guarantee that devices they support are regularly audited, patched and safely up-to-date for effective centralised device management. Our Virtual Disaster Recovery service guarantees to have your systems up and running within minutes following a disaster. To find out more about our services and how we can help you comply with data protection laws and prevent data leakage, please contact us either by giving us a ring on 01189 515 200 or emailing [email protected].