UK: Health board admits losing patients’ data

Steward Paterson of The Herald reports:

New controls on computerised data storage have been introduced at a Scottish health authority after equipment containing patients’ sensitive details were lost.

Two computer memory sticks were reported as lost or stolen earlier this year by staff at NHS Dumfries and Galloway.

New guidelines are now being implemented concerning the use of USB storage devices, and all information on the sticks must be encrypted or password protected to make it impossible for others to use the data.

Officials said no patients could have been identified from the information stored on the memory sticks, but admitted the incident illustrated the need for stricter procedures.

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