The CQC review into existing levels of data security across the NHS as well as Dame Fiona Caldicott’s recommendations in new data security standards for health and social care have been published today.
Both reports recommend:
- leaders of every organisation should demonstrate clear accountability and responsibility for data security, just as they do for clinical and financial matters
- internal and external scrutiny of whether the new data standards are being implemented
More specifically, Dame Fiona’s review proposes a new model of how patients are able to opt out of their data being shared for purposes beyond direct care.
The Life Sciences Minister George Freeman has published a written ministerial statement on these reviews: The Care Quality Commission and National Data Guardian for Health and Care’s Independent Reviews into Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs.