Data breaches: all you need to know
Maintaining the privacy of health information has always been central to the relationship of trust and confidence between doctor and patient. In addition, there can be significant penalties for a breach, as well as the possibility of negative publicity and damage to a person’s reputation.
Even a single breach of patient privacy has the potential to cause serious harm and may be notifiable. You need to think about how you would respond if; for example you discovered patient details had accidentally been disclosed; results had been sent to the wrong person; or a staff member had inappropriately accessed patient records.