Govt fights publication of risk register
The Department of Health’s most senior civil servant has warned that publishing the risk register for the government’s health reforms would have an “insidious” effect on the workings of government.
Praxis commits to encrypt patient data
An Isle of Man care provider has pledged to encrypt all personal data on portable devices after an employee lost an unencrypted memory stick holding care and mental health information on 150 individuals last year.
Illegal records access leads to fine
A former health worker has been fined for illegally accessing the medical records of five members of her ex-husband’s family, following an audit of her smartcard ID.
Brighton faces fine for drives on eBay
A Brighton trust may become the first NHS body to be fined by the ICO after a contractor that it paid to destroy hundreds of hard drives instead sold them on eBay.
GPs must hold records against litigation
GP practices must hold on to their audit trails and the patient records associated with them indefinitely, according to fresh advice from the BMA, Royal College of GPs and the Department of Health.
NHS trusts report unlawful record views
Freedom of Information requests to NHS trusts across Yorkshire have revealed that a third have caught staff unlawfully accessing private information.
ICO issues guidance on SCR opt-outs
GPs must inform their patients before carrying out a blanket opt-out of all their patients from the Summary Care Record, the Information Commissioner’s Office has said. The ICO said that opting out all of a practice’s patients without first informing them could be considered as “unfair processing”. Earlier this week a former chair of the […]
NHS has much to do on data security
The NHS has much to do on data security and is still making “far too many” mistakes in securing patients’ personal and sensitive information, says the Information Commissioner’s Office.
NHS tops ICO list of data breaches
The NHS has been the source of almost a third of the data breaches reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office since 2007. The NHS has been responsible for 305 of the 1,007 reported breaches. Two hundred and eighty eight have come from the private sector, 132 from local government and 18 from central government. The figures suggest that […]
Southampton rapped by ICO
Southampton University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has become the latest NHS organisation to be rapped for breaching the Data Protection Act. Chief executive Mark Hackett was required to sign an undertaking to improve data security by the Information Commissioner’s Office, after an incident in which 33,000 patient records were stolen. The records had been downloaded onto a […]