Implications of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on the health care sector

5 December 2017

It is less than six months until new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force with far-reaching implications for any organisation storing and processing personal information. For general practice this means not just contact information such as names and email addresses, but data about patients and their treatment, which is subject to a higher standard of protection than other personal data. Experts agree that while the changes are evolutionary and build on current data protection legislation, they add rigour to existing rules and several new stipulations that require organisations to begin planning now. PCC and lawyers Hill-Dickinson have teamed up to run a seminar to clarify the new requirements. The event will run on 16 January 2018 in London and 18 January 2018 in Manchester.

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Responses must be submitted by 5pm, 21 February 2018. The final guidance is expected to be published in August 2018.

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