Monday, November 17, 2014

Patient Privacy Breached Six Times a Day

A survey of the National Health Service (NHS) by a privacy group found there had been 7,255 breaches, on average six times a day, of data protection rules in three years.

In at least 143 cases patients' private records were inappropriately accessed by NHS staff for "personal reasons." The watchdog group said the situation appeared to have “worsened” since a similar survey in 2011.

"There were also at least 143 cases when patients’ private records were accessed in appropriately by NHS staff for 'personal reasons'."
- Big Brother Watch
Emma Carr, director of Big Brother Watch, noted that information in medical records is of huge personal significance and for details to be maliciously accessed is completely unacceptable. She said urgent action is needed to ensure that medical records are kept safe. Healthcare organizations seeking proactive detection of data privacy breaches can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) NHS breaches data laws 'six times a day' - www.Telegraph.co.uk, 11/14/2014

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