European Data Protection Digest

HIQA Releases Data Protection Guidance


October 28, 2011

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has released guidance on protecting sensitive health records, reports. The guide--"What You Should Know About Information Governance: A Guide for Health and Social Care Staff and HIQA"--comes on the heels of breaches involving patients' sensitive health data--events that HIQA Director of Health Information Prof. Jane Grimson describes as "unacceptable." Good information governance does not "take place in isolation, or separate from healthcare provision," said Grimson. The authority has also published Privacy Impact Assessment guidelines and a self-assessment tool.
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