GP Surgeries performing well on data protection, says ICO
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.”
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