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The privacy perils of email

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If you are involved in commissioning or overseeing IT within your private practice, the GMC expects you to understand and follow information governance and data protection law. Dr Ellie Mein provides medico-legal advice in this fifth article about the council’s new confidentiality guidance.

It’s tempting to predict that writing formal letters will eventually be superseded in independent practice.

Email is quick and easy and often preferred by patients with busy professional lives, as well as helping to speed up the process of booking appointments and arranging investigations.

But there are inherent risks to patient confidentiality to guard against.

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