Sunday 21 January 2018

Doctors questioned over security after data breach

Allison Bray

DOZENS of hospital consultants and doctors are being quizzed by the Data Protection Commissioner over their own security protocols after using an online transcription service that is at the centre of a data security breach scandal.

Around 60 consultants and GPs and four hospitals have been sent letters by the commissioner as part of its investigation into the illegal access of doctors' letters and other correspondence by a third party in the Philippines.

The breach of personal data -- which could involve the personal and medical details of thousands of Irish patients -- is linked to the U-Scribe transcription service.

The company provided transcription services for Tallaght Hospital in Dublin, Mercy University Hospital in Cork, Galway University Hospital and the Peamont Hospital in Dublin.

Private doctors and consultants also used the service to transcribe their own letters and correspondence to patients.

Irish Independent

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