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#64 Is your practice complying with its privacy obligations?

 

A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO GETTING PRIVACY COMPLIANCE RIGHT 

 

27 March 2019

Patients have high expectations that their health information will be held securely and treated with care by their medical providers. Yet out of all sectors across the economy, the health sector has the worst record for data breaches.

Since mandatory reporting requirements commenced in early 2018, the health sector has topped the results every quarter as having the highest number of data breaches. Most data breaches in the health sector are caused by human error,that have led to penalties and fines of up to $2.1 million, which points to a need for more robust compliance-focused practices. 

New legal requirements introduced in 2018 mean that every medical practice must have a proactive privacy compliance program. Ensuring compliance with privacy law is not just a matter of respecting patient confidentiality; your legal obligations include mandatory data breach notification, rules about handling data throughout its life cycle, and having a comprehensive privacy compliance program in place. 

You can now gain an overview of your legal obligations and learn the practical steps every medical practice needs to take, to build a privacy compliance program, avoid common privacy risks, and be ready to respond to data breaches. 

Sign-up to doctorportal learning’s Privacy Compliance for Medical Practices module. Accredited by ACCRM, and RACGP, it is for free for AMA members. 

 

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