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Understanding the GDPR: Lawful processing of personal data

Understanding the GDPR: Lawful processing of personal data

What practices need to know about the legal basis for processing personal data and privacy notices.

IT articles

How to boost uptake of online patient access to records

How to boost uptake of online patient access to records

There are several benefits of providing online access to records, but how can practices increase uptake among their patients?

How does the national data opt-out programme affect practices?

How does the national data opt-out programme affect practices?

Medeconomics explains the national data opt out and provides details of resources for practices.

What are practices' contractual obligations on e-referrals?

What are practices' contractual obligations on e-referrals?

As part of the 2018/19 GP contract it will be a contractual requirement for practices to use the NHS e-Referral Service (e-RS) for all referrals to first consultant-led outpatient appointments from October 2018.

What practices need to do under the GDPR

What practices need to do under the GDPR

Medeconomics provides a summary of recent guidance, with links to useful resources.

Understanding the GDPR: Accountability and data breaches

Understanding the GDPR: Accountability and data breaches

Dr Rachel Birch from Medical Protection outlines the principle of accountability and the action practices should take in the event of a data breach.

Online access to patient records - medico-legal advice

Online access to patient records - medico-legal advice

Advice on providing patients with online access to their records, by MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Carol Chu.

What is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

What is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

From 25 May 2018 practices will be subject to new data protection regulations. Medeconomics provides an overview of the legislation.

New data security requirements for practices

New data security requirements for practices

Every GP practice in England will be contractually required to meet new data security standards by April 2018.

New guides to help people with disabilities access GP online services

New guides to help people with disabilities access GP online services

NHS England has launched a series of practical guides to support people with sight loss, hearing loss, autism or learning disabilities to use online GP services.

Advice on completing the Information Governance Toolkit

Advice on completing the Information Governance Toolkit

A guide to what practices need to include when completing the Information Governance Toolkit each year.

Tips on data protection

Tips on data protection

ICO senior policy officer Andrew Rose shared advice on how practices can meet data protection challenges at this year's Practice Managers Association conference.

Guidance for practices following NHS cyber attack

Guidance for practices following NHS cyber attack

The RCGP and NHS Digital have issued guidance to help practices affected by the cyber attack that shut down NHS services across the country.

Online consultations

How to set up a Skype consultation service

Marc Schmid explains what is involved with setting up video consultations in GP practices. The article includes a downloadable practice protocol and patient information leaflet.

How GP practices are using video consultations

Three case studies highlight how practices are using video consultations to improve patient care and deliver cost savings.

Practice protocol for video consultations: Downloadable Word document

This practice protocol can be downloaded and adapted for use in your practice. It covers organisation and set-up, patient inclusion and exclusion criteria, advice on conducting online consultations and a consultation checklist

Video consultation patient information leaflet and consent form: Downloadable Word document

This patient information leaflet and consent form can be downloaded and adapted for use in your practice. It addresses concerns about security plus the benefits and risks of video consultations.

Conducting online patient consultations safely

While online and video consultations may save time, it is important to be aware of the medico-legal risks, writes the MDU's Dr Sharmala Moodley.

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