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More Losses of Confidential Data

The BBC reports this morning that a number of NHS trusts have admitted losing patient-based information that seems to have been carried on CDs and memory sticks.

It's a sad indicator of the sophistication of UK healthcare IT that it still needs to transfer confidential data by what the US calls "sneaker net" and has only recently been able to transfer computer records electronically between GP practices.

Higher levels of technical security on the planned National Care Records Service should make NHS data more secure, but, as I have said before, technical security takes us only so far and must be underpinned by secure human processes. Recent events suggest we have some way to go.

Not a long way to go to Christmas day, though, so I wish you a joyful and peaceful time.


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