06 July 2011 15:59:22
Following several data security failures at the hands of the National Health Service, the U.K.'s Information Commissioners Office recently announced it will be working closely with the healthcare provider to bolster its data protection practices.
According to a TechTarget report, the ICO, which enforces the country's Data Protection Act, says the data security policies are in place, but the NHS has failed to make the necessary adjustments to protect against threats.
This issue is particularly disconcerting as healthcare providers in the U.K. prepare to transition to electronic medical records. According to the news provider, the ICO will collaborate with Connecting for Health, the group responsible for overseeing the transition, to identify areas where data might be vulnerable and remedy them.
"We recognize that NHS staff work under pressure, but we want to see if there is anything we are missing that would improve matters," said an ICO spokesperson in a statement.
The issue of data protection among healthcare organizations is also a growing concerns in the United States, which are preparing to transition to electronic medical records as well. As part of the Health Insurance Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, medical practitioners in the United States that fail to implement EMRs by 2015 will be subject to sanctions under Medicare.
-McAfee Cloud Security