The facts in a nutshell
- The healthcare industry is responsible for managing highly sensitive data, making it an active target for cybercriminals. 34.9% of breaches occurring in this sector alone last year, emphasising the importance of data privacy
- The growing digitisation of healthcare operations introduces new challenges, mainly concerning personal data protection. Navigating this digital transformation responsibly requires adhering to robust regulatory measures, such as the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018).
- The UK GDPR sets standards for processing personal data, outlining requirements around lawful bases for processing, data subject rights, and more. Breaching these rules can lead to substantial penalties.
- The DPA 2018 complements the UK GDPR by tailoring its application to specific UK circumstances and covering areas not included in the UK GDPR, like law enforcement and intelligence agencies' data processing.
- While the UK GDPR was derived from the EU GDPR, it has some differences when it comes to healthcare. For instance, the UK GDPR includes special healthcare research laws enforced by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) rather than EU regulators.
- Healthcare companies can adopt risk management strategies like consent, preference management, and employee training to ensure compliance and deliver quality services.
- The UK GDPR is not the only standard to follow. Complying with other industry-specific regulations can give you a competitive edge, and you can use information security toolkits to do this.
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