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New data law to boost trust

Don’t get left behind on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It’s happening on 25 May. Jane Braithwaite presents a very practical guide for any Independent Practitioner Today readers who have so far failed to react….

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I hear you groan. Not another article on the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

It’s beginning to feel a lot like the millennium bug. Lots of noise, confusion and uncertainty. Are you tempted to just ignore and hope that it all goes away? Please don’t.

I have attempted to write a very practical guide on GDPR, what it is and what we, as individuals responsible for medical practice management, can do to break through the panic and feel calm and perhaps even a little bit smug that we have it all in hand.

The problem with GDPR, like most regulations, is that there is no definitive solution. It’s like saying to parents that they must, by law, give their children a healthy diet and will be fined if they fail to do so.

Each individual interpretation of what constitutes healthy is different and research leads us down many different alleyways and we struggle to know what is accurate and what constitutes commercial opportunity.