Health chiefs to tighten up security of medical records

By LAURA CUMMINGS
HEALTH chiefs in the Lothians have said they have taken action to protect patient data, after being criticised over two separate cases where medical records were lost.
The health board has been rapped by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which investigated the incidents.

In one, a USB memory stick containing the personal information of 137 patients was lost by a community health worker last June.

The ICO said the memory stick belonged to an employee and should not have been used to store NHS Lothian data.

Also in June last year, a document wallet with 25 paper files about patients was left in a shop.

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