This article is published as part of Capsticks’ Medical Malpractice Forward View 2022.

The pandemic has seen an acceleration in the use of technology: remote GP consultations, the use of apps for ‘track and trace’ and AI as a diagnostic reporting tool (e.g. in radiology).  They produce a number of legal challenges from patient selection for remote consultation to managing the tension created by AI between the responsibility of individual practitioners and healthcare organisations. All contain the common thread of processing sensitive personal data. As use of technology in the health sector expands further, legal issues are likely to centre on information governance.

What this means for you: When processing personal data, healthcare organisations need to demonstrate compliance with GDPR. Data must be kept confidential, safe and securely stored in compliance with cyber security regulations. Organisations should also remember that harvested data should be limited to what is necessary and not retained longer than necessary. Cyber security attacks are on the increase, so organisations should review the adequacy of their cyber security cover and check that they are complying with any policy requirements.

Medical Malpractice Forward View 2022 

This article is part of Capsticks’ Medical Malpractice Forward View 2022

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