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Protecting Patient Information in the Healthcare Sector

To date, the healthcare sector has been fined over £1.5 million for serious breaches of the Data Protection Act involving patient data security failings.

Despite the high costs of a security breach, Information Commissioner’s Office statistics show that the healthcare sector reports more breaches than any other – and the numbers are increasing.  Medical professionals need to understand their obligations when it comes to confidential waste disposal and patient information security.  This fact sheet covers:

• Suggested types of document that need securely shredding
• Confidential non-paper items you need to consider, including destroying hard drives
• How you can reduce data breach risks from human error to protect patient information
• Further Information from the Department of Health

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