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Government acts to boost health and care data security

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What is being done to boost data security in health and social care?

Department of Health officials have outlined the government response to last year’s National Data Guardian and Care Quality Commission reviews of the use of patient data in health and social care.

The DH and its partners accepted the review recommendations and have committed to adopt 10 new data security standards set out in the document, as proposed by Caldicott along with the CQC’s recommendations on data security.

NHS Improvement will publish a new statement of requirements this summer, clarifying actions that local organisations are required to take. From September CQC inspections will include data security standards.

Organisations will produce an annual statement of resilience and appoint a board member responsible for data and cyber security.

NHS Digital is to develop its existing advice for health and care organisations in preparing their response to cyber security threats.

Investment in data and cyber security is to be boosted by a £21m of capital funding programme aimed at major trauma sites.

Further information

CQC: Safe data, safe care

Gov.uk: New health data security standards and consent/opt-out model

Gov.uk: Review of data security, consent and opt-outs