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Electronic data protection: procedures need drastic improvement

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 03 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:537
  1. Damian Mole, research fellow, surgery (,
  2. Colin Fox, information technology manager,
  3. Giulio Napolitano, information technology and security manager
  1. Department of Surgery, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast BT12 6BJ
  2. Northern Ireland Cancer Registry, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Queen's University Belfast

    EDITOR—Gulena et al are correct to challenge overzealous interpretation of data protection law in their questionnaire survey of patients' and visitors' views about having their names displayed in hospital.1 Measures taken by doctors to safeguard patient confidentiality, especially electronic records, are, however, severely deficient and fuel the concerns of those entrusted to police data security.

    We invited 32 surgical trainees to complete a …

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