Kit 3, How Protected is your Practice Information, provides general information and guidance on how general practice can adapt to an evolving technical environment and raises awareness of contemporary security and privacy issues, monitoring and improved security protection processes.

The use of clinical desktop systems and the electronic management of information have become vital to the delivery of safe and high quality care for patients. General practice is at the forefront of e-health and has specific requisites in computer and information security. Information security is not about the maximum security possible, it is about the balance between reasonable action and protection.

Each general practice is unique. The information contained in this kit is intended as a guide only. We recommend that you seek further advice where it is relevant.

By the completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Identify the appropriate and secure processes for the destruction, recycling or redundancy of hardware that is no longer required in practice
  • Identify the categories that need to be addressed to ensure your practice information is protected
  • Understand the professional and legal requirements for using computer systems in delivering healthcare
  • Comprehend the security risks and threats to business and clinical information
  • Understand the privacy requirements of the APPs

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