European Data Protection Digest

BMA Wants Tighter Standards

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—UK

September 24, 2010

The British Medical Association in Scotland on Wednesday called for better safeguards for patient data, Computerworld reports. "The ease with which patient information can now be shared challenges us to come up with new ways of protecting information they have shared with us," said Dr Alan McDevitt, deputy chairman of the BMA's Scottish General Practitioners Committee. McDevitt said the BMA supports the Clinical Portal Technology project, but the group is concerned about access and verification controls. "With the growing use of electronic patient records, it is essential that we know who has looked at which records and when, so we can ensure only appropriate access."
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