STOP PRESS – ONLINE DATA PROTECTION REFORM

Practice Principals and their registered Data Controllers should familiarize themselves with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that becomes effective on 25 May 2018. The increasing incidence of cybercrime emphasizes the importance of high-level security measures being taken to protect the integrity of sensitive patient data. The financial penalties for non-compliance have been increased significantly by the Information Commissioner to improve data protection and address the growing wave of cybercrime.

The GDPR includes healthcare within the new special category status comprised of the regulated professions and their obligations in the electronic processing of medical/dental records and secure data transfers. Dental practice websites will need to be fully compliant in respect of the collection and transmission of patient data from interactive online templates used for patient referral, contact us, feedback and other e-data collection facilities.

All dental practice data controllers must obtain the informed consent of their patients for the safe storage/ transfer/sharing of all of their sensitive data.

For further information on the GDPA visit https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/data-protection-reform/

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