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Doctor: Data Protection Legislation Needs Review

PRIVACY LAW—IRELAND

April 14, 2010

The Irish Medical Office (IMO) is calling for a review of current data protection legislation and its impact on effective patient care, Irish Medical News reports. At the IMO's Annual General Meeting last week, Dr. Matt Sadlier proposed there be standard guidelines--renewed periodically to keep pace with technology--and encryption requirements for laptops storing healthcare data. "If you are traveling with medical notes in your car, 'here is how you hold them safely i.e., do you have them in a locked briefcase in a locked car' like you would with a drug," he said. Sadlier also proposed amending legislation to ensure doctors' home addresses are no longer published on the Medical Council Web site.
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