With last month’s blog having focused on CMA’s article 22, enforcing transparency and trust within the private healthcare system, this month’s blog will follow up by discussing the GDPR and the measures WKG takes to protect your information.
The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) becomes law on May 15th 2018, overhauling how businesses process and handle data. The GDPR is Europe’s new framework for data production laws, replacing the previous 1995 data protection directive, which current UK law is based upon.
In the full text of GDPR there are 99 articles setting out the rights of individuals and obligations placed on organisations covered by the regulation. Therefore, companies covered by the GDPR will be more accountable for their handling of people’s personal information. This can include having data protection policies, data protection impact assessments and having relevant documents on how data is processed.
West Kent Gastro has already met, and in some cases exceeded, the requirements of the GDPR – patients will already be aware that all communications between the GP and the patients is now encrypted.
WKG’s measures, in accordance with the GDPR, include:
- WKG no longer sends information via fax.
- All email correspondence is now encrypted and additional attachments now password-protected.
- All confidential waste disposed of accordingly with confidential waste bins.
If you have any questions about the GDPR and WKG’s measures, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Harris.