European Data Protection Digest

Commissioner Investigating Hospital Transcription Services

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—IRELAND

August 20, 2011

Tallaght Hospital says the third party it used to outsource medical transcriptions did not alert it of ownership changes twice within two years, irishhealth.com reports. The data protection commissioner is investigating a breach involving unauthorised use and disclosure of personal information and says the changes in the outsourcing company's ownership are key components of the investigation. Tallaght says it has since terminated its contract with the company. Meanwhile, the commissioner is questioning dozens of hospital consultants and doctors about their uses of transcription services. 
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