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HPO compliant with Data Commissioner

18 Sep 2014

The Healthcare Pricing Office (HPO) is compliant with the advice given to it by the Office of the Data Commissioner regarding its procedures governing data, the Department of Health has insisted.

The HSE has confirmed that the HPO does not make hospital patients’ personal records available to pharmaceutical companies, insurers or any other companies.

The Office may provide statistics on hospital activity to third parties. However, such information is of an aggregate statistical nature, which means that patients cannot be identified.

The HPO has implemented measures to ensure the confidentiality of hospital patient data and the full range of information about patients and their care is only available in the individual hospitals.

In order to safeguard patient privacy and ensure that no patients can be personally identified, the Office collects only a reduced range of information about patients at the national level, the Department has told Deputy Stephen Donnelly.

gary.culliton@imt.ie

Date: 
18 September 2014

Click here to view the full article which appeared in Irish Medical Times