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Doctors May Be Fined For Not Protecting Patients' Data

From the ZDNet U.K. site:

"Doctors who lose confidential patient information should be held accountable for the loss, according to the Information Commissioner's Office. Information commissioner Richard Thomas, giving evidence at a House of Lords Constitution Committee inquiry into data collection and surveillance on Wednesday, proposed that a doctor who is found to be "flouting data-protection principles" should be fined £5,000 by magistrates, or alternatively face an unlimited fine in a Crown Court."

I agree 1,000 percent. Given the problems with identity theft in the healthcare industry, this should be the law here in the USA, too.


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