What you must know to guard patients’ data

Legal Briefing. Special report 2: Data protection

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Chris Alderson gives some in-depth advice on data protection in private practice.

The way in which services are accessed has been transformed by advances in technology over the past decade and these developments present exciting opportunities for transforming how healthcare can be delivered.  

However, when seeking to develop new opportunities, it is essential that independent practitioner entrepreneurs have a clear understanding of the law governing the use of data and ensure that these considerations are incorporated into any project from the outset.

The Information Commissioner (ICO), the UK regulator for matters of data protection, refers to this as ‘privacy by design’.

There can be few things more frustrating for the entrepreneurial doctor than realising a project subsequently has to be reworked because the appropriate data protection considerations were not built into the development of the project from the outset.