Health professionals will need to work with their staff to ensure the personal information they collect is only used for the purposes of what is most needed.
Health professionals are already facing a huge challenge to meet that need.
In the coming weeks, health care professionals are going to be in the crosshairs of a new Government directive, which is meant to help them meet their new responsibilities.
This directive was announced on Friday by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and will give the NHS greater powers to require the disclosure of personal data to protect patient privacy.
It is the third time in the last 10 years that the Government has sought to tighten up the rules around data protection, and is designed to prevent health providers from using personal data for private commercial purposes.
« This directive is about ensuring we do not put patients at risk, it is about protecting patient privacy, and it is designed specifically to protect the NHS and the NHS trust, » Mr Hunt said.
He said the new data protection directive would not only help the NHS, but also the private sector.
The new directive comes after Mr Hunt and Health Minister Simon Stevens made a joint statement on Wednesday announcing that the NHS would be given new powers to hold on to information about the patients they care for.
We will be able to share information in an area where it is most helpful to the NHS.
What are the new powers?
The Government is now setting up new regulations to enable health professionals to demand that the personal data they collect on their patients be used only for their most critical tasks, and to have this information released only to those who have a legal obligation to do so.
The new rules are part of a wider overhaul of the NHS to be introduced in March.
Under the new rules, health professionals are required to inform their patients when personal data is being collected and will also be able – if the patient’s circumstances change or their needs change – to request that their data be deleted.
The Department of Health said that this will mean the NHS will be more transparent about its practices, and will be better able to comply with the new regulations.
Read more about the NHS: In a statement, the Department of the Health and Care Office (DHO) said: « We will have greater powers, including the ability to ask that our data be deactivated. »
This will ensure we can provide greater choice to patients, and allow them to access information they need in a way that is as accurate and reliable as possible.
« There will be an independent body to monitor how our data is used and to review it to ensure it is used as it should be. »
The DHO will also have the ability, in consultation with the NHS Board, to make changes to our systems, and require that all information we collect and retain must be subject to a rigorous privacy regime.
Its new guidelines say health professionals should not share patient data with private companies or organisations without consent, and are also clear about the rules surrounding personal data and how to comply.
There is a ‘two strikes’ rule, meaning that if a patient or health professional is asked to disclose information about themselves, they must give it to the DHS within 14 days.
A patient or member of the public can also be asked to provide information about their personal information if it was requested by a health professional, or if the person is an emergency contact.
The DHC said that information should only be disclosed in response to a lawful request.
Dr Helen Morgan, a GP and clinical consultant at the Royal Free Hospital NHS Trust in London, said she had noticed a rise in complaints in recent months about her patients.
She said the increase in complaints had to do with the fact that patients were now getting personal information that they had no idea what it was about. »
We have to be aware that we are now dealing with an issue that is more acute, » she said. »
It is more about privacy and personal information and this is a bigger concern than ever.
« What is personal information?
For example, the policy said that the data should only have been shared if the doctor or patient was in danger, or a person with an emergency need.
This policy also means that the DHC is required to obtain the consent of the patient before releasing the data. »
If a patient is asked for personal information by a healthcare professional, it should only remain with the DH and DHC until the patient gives consent, » the DH said.
The data will also only be