Five technological revolutions have changed communications, data processing, transmission and the sharing of data. The Communications Revolution (1840) that’s the telegraph, telephone and radio. The Digital Computing Revolution (1950) including computers and digital cameras. The Network and Wireless Revolution (1970) email and the cell phone. Social Network Revolution (2000) Twitter Facebook etc. Big Data (2005) is a term that describes the large volume of data that inundates a business. It’s not the amount of data that’s important. It’s what organizations do with the data that matters.
That brings me neatly on to what we do with data in our professional practising lives and how we organise a referral process that not only pleases the patient and their specialist but also satisfies judge and jury.
The Data Protection Act 1998 governs the use of personal information by businesses and other organisations. The Act contains eight principles of information-handling practice. These state that all data must be:
Processed fairly and lawfully.
Obtained and used only for the specific and lawful purposes for which it was collected.
Adequate relevant and not excessive.
Accurate, and where necessary, kept up to date.
Kept for no longer than necessary.
Processed in accordance with the individuals rights.
Transferred only to countries that offer adequate data protection.
Luckily there’s loads of good stuff out there to help us and with a little ‘copy paste and edit’ we’ve posted a Surrey biased Referrals advice for you. The other articles are relevant and are there for background information.
Referrals advice (Aug 2017) – Click here to download
NHS IG-Secure Transfers of Personal Data (Feb 2015) – Click here to download
Standards for the Dental Team (Jan 2014) – Click here to downloadShare