New data breach rules kick in this month. Here's what they mean for GPs


GPs regularly contact MDA National for advice about breaches of privacy and confidentiality. The Notifiable Data Breach (NDB) scheme that comes into force on 22 February means that the management of these breaches will be more complex.

The types of cases involving privacy breaches include the loss of laptops, USBs and other electronic devices that contain medical records and other patient information. They also include texting, emailing or faxing patient information to an incorrect number or address and inadvertently giving a patient another patient’s test