A Guide to Data Protection Legislation for Irish General Practice

Author: Meade, Brian; O'Mahony, Brian; Lynnott, Anne; Davis, Gary; O'Sullivan, Ciara; Folan, Dermot; Cunnane, Margaret;ICGP Data Protection Working Group;GPIT

Publication Year: 2011


1.0 Purpose of this guide
1.1 Members of the Data Protection Working Group
2. Legislation governing the handling of patient information
3. Data Protection Principles
4. Principle - Information should be obtained and processed fairly
5. Principle - Information should be kept for one or more specific and lawful purpose
6. Principle - Information should be used and disclosed only in ways compatible with the reasons for which it was obtained
7. Principle - Information should be kept safe and secure
8. Principle - Information should be accurate, complete and up to date
9. Principle - Information should be adequate, relevant and not excessive
10. Principle - Information should be retained no longer than is necessary
11. Principle - Individuals are entitled to a copy of their personal data
Appendix 1 - Selected Definitions from the Data Protection Acts
Appendix 2 - Sample Practice Privacy Statement
Appendix 3 - Sample Patient Registration Form
Appendix 4 - Sample Waiting Room Notice
Appendix 5 - Best Practice Approach to Undertaking Research Projects using Personal Data
Appendix 6 - General Practice Data Protection Checklist
Appendix 7 - Sample practice confidentiality agreement for medical students
Appendix 8 - Sample request for transfer of GP records


This revised document of the 2003 "Managing and Protecting the Privacy of Personal Health Information in Irish General Practice – An information guide to Data Protection Acts for General Practitioners” attempts to provide GPs with a straightforward and easy to use guide to Data Protection legislation.

Format Download
Keywords privacy, personal health care, data protection, information
Publisher Irish College of General Practitioners
Classification data protection
Pages 31
Categories: Irish Content, ICGP Resources
Email: library@icgp.ie, Tel: 01 6763705, Fax: 01 6765850
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