Straight from the horse’s mouth – or where to go for verified information about #coronavirus or any other medical topics.

If you work in #digitalhealth it is important that you deal only in facts and validated information to retain credibility. Over the past years, months and days, we’ve all been exposed to #fakenews in one form or another. Some of it is obvious and maybe even funny. Other fake news maybe less obvious, especially ifContinue reading “Straight from the horse’s mouth – or where to go for verified information about #coronavirus or any other medical topics.”

Lost USB? Hacked? What to do in the case of a data protection breach?

Despite all the best will in the world and processes in places, data breaches can happen. It can be as simple as a lost USB with patient information or a more sustained hacking attempt which affects only your clinic or you as part of a wider organisation which has been maliciously attacked. Informing the supervisoryContinue reading “Lost USB? Hacked? What to do in the case of a data protection breach?”

Health data – How long can / should I keep it?

Whether you are a data controller deciding which data should be used or a data processor in charge of keeping the health data in the cloud for example, how long you you should keep data for is something you should be proactively thinking about. The general principle is that you only keep it as longContinue reading “Health data – How long can / should I keep it?”

When can you (temporarily) skip the medical data protection?

Health data is by definition and function sensitive data, but as anyone seeing patients knows, it is not always practical to get consent when treating a sick patient. It is not necessary to encrypt or anonymise patient data if: The patient as given express consent. It is in the vital interest of the patient, andContinue reading “When can you (temporarily) skip the medical data protection?”

Sharing & transferring health data.

When you share patient data as a doctor, for example, referring your patient to a cardiologist colleague, you are ‘disclosing personal data’. You don’t have to disclose the transfer of the information to the patient or data subject if you are still respecting professional confidentiality. The receiver or recipient of this data then becomes theContinue reading “Sharing & transferring health data.”

Data protection for app developers & large organisations.

You may think that ensuring compliance with data protection in a large organisation is even harder than in a smaller clinic. However, it can be the complete opposite as you may find yourself having to appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO) who takes over this role. Whether you need to do this or not willContinue reading “Data protection for app developers & large organisations.”

GDPR and fitness apps.

Do you own a fitness tracker? Or even just activate the steps counter on your phone? Most of us have used some sort of health or fitness app, whether to go running or record more intimate details. Most of us have also ticked all the terms and conditions automatically. To comply with GDPR, the informationContinue reading “GDPR and fitness apps.”