New health privacy guidelines

A new guide on how to protect people's privacy within healthcare services has been published by the State health safety watchdog, HIQA.

The guidelines outline how private health information can be protected and safeguarded when it is given to those who deliver health services.

According to Prof Jane Grimson, HIQA's Director of Health Information, with so much information being collected, used and shared in health and social care, it is important that appropriate steps are taken to protect the privacy of each person to ensure that personal information is handled legally, securely and efficiently.

The guidelines show how privacy impact assessments can be used to show service providers how to ensure that they protect the privacy rights of the people using their services and to assist them in strengthening their own governance arrangements on health information.

The guidelines provide a step-by-step guide on how to undertake a PIA and the important factors to be considered at each stage of the process. It is intended as a resource for all those involved in healthcare delivery, project planning and research.

View the full guidelines here

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