The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new law that came into force on May 25 2018. It is designed to modernise laws that protect the personal information of individuals in the European Union (EU). It will still apply even after the UK leaves the EU.
In England, a new national patient data opt-out is being implemented at the same time as GDPR. This allows patients to opt out of their confidential patient information being used for purposes beyond their individual care. This will be rolled out across all health and care organisations.
GDPR and Patient Data
The introduction of the GDPR changes some of the ways that your patient’s data can be processed. These changes are extensive but include:
- Ensuring that their data is collected lawfully, fairly and transparently
- That data is collected for a specific, explicit and legitimate purpose
- Making sure that data collection is limited to what is necessary for the purposes for which it is processed
GDPR also sets out stronger rights regarding the information that you can hold about your patients, including:
- Ensuring they are informed about how their data is used
- Making sure they have access to their own data
- Providing a way to have incorrect information changed
Adding the new GDPR Video to Envisage
To help make your patients aware of this new legislation, we have added a new ‘GDPR – What it means for patients’ video to our Envisage Media library. This new video highlights the changes that have been made because of GDPR and how these changes may impact them. It also aims to answer some of the questions your patients may have and shows them where to get further information and advice.
For more information about adding the GDPR video to your Envisage system then please visit our dedicated support section. or contact our technical support team on 0114 399 0010.
You can find out more about the GDPR legislation by visiting the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) website: ico.org.uk