GP, Officer and UK discussed on Chips with Everything


Done. The reason I'm asking you about the UK as the earlier this week. UK Prime Minister Theresa may announce that she was pledging millions of pounds to develop artificial intelligence, aimed at lowering the numbers of death from cancer. The plan though with allow commercial companies to access NHS data and information on patient's lifestyle information. So is it possible that this would run into difficulties with DP. Is not only possible is probable GDP has a whole separate section section nine, which specifically lays out sensitive personal data including quite obviously medical data and has a whole set of extra requirements you need to do on that. You really need to secure opt in for every individuals. There is no crucially, there is no legitimate interest exemption. There is only a serious public interest exemption. It's hard to see how actually how this could be done in anything that very narrow very controlled way. But also it's Bevere pipedream like I think three's may probably won't have to worry about GDP conflicts anytime soon because I really doubt that any sizeable initiative will be getting access to conventionally just data in the next couple of years. So it's likely that most of the annoying GDP our emails e for seved lately are actually unnecessary. And unfortunately for Theresa, May her grand plans to use artificial intelligence to prevent cancer deaths will probably fall afoul of this new regulation. After the break, we'll look further at how GDP could affect healthcare, how can patient database used and how GP's been preparing for the may deadline GP's on another hospital don't have been contacting us over the past year. Maybe a little bit more just to try to find out a little bit more about GDP are on how they can prepare for it. We'll be right back. By twenty fifty. The UK will have a net zero carbon economy that at least is what the government claims, how it will achieve. This is up for debate, but many think nuclear energy has a major role to play. Does it matter that the technology is so unpopular per unit of energy produced nuclear power is safer than coal gas and even wind energy. So why are we so radio phobic. People have very rational fears. Now they're not always justified when you get the guy account as out measure things, but they are rational fears and the trouble with the word is it gets used by the nuclear industry to excuse themselves, but it is one of the safest energy technologies that we have join me in sample on science, weekly, as we unpick the Russian out the hind fears, just search for science, weekly, and your podcasting up or had over to the guardian dot com forward slash podcasts. Welcome back to chips with everything. I'm Jordan. Erika Weber. Before the break, the guardians, Alex Hearn kindly tried to explain the general data protection regulation and ended up adding to my GDP off Teague by telling me that most of the companies who've been sending me emails probably never needed to do so in the first place. That's more importantly. He also guest that future plans to use artificial intelligence and big data to attempt to prevent deaths from cancer boop probably face sizeable barriers as a result of this new regulation. Doc Birch. Oh, Hello. It's Rachel. Yes, it is high. Nope. Dr. Rachel Birch is a medico legal adviser of the medical protection society. She's been advising GP's on how to prepare GDP. Earlier on. Alex told us that some companies were panicking about the regulation, but I specifically wanted to know how the healthcare industry is coping, a GP's ready for these new rules. GP's. Another hospital doctors have been contacting us over the past year, maybe a little bit more just to try to find out a little bit more about DDR on how they can prepare for it. So I mean in terms of GP practices and I would imagine the same for hospitals to they're already complained with existing data protection law, the data protection nineteen ninety eight. And so because they were ready compliant with that, a lot of what they do is is already what GDP are expect. But there have been some changes that they've had to make in order to comply and the up to date with GDP are. So can you give me a rundown? So one of the main changes is the principle of the counter ability. Now, this is something that was always, you know, quite implicit data protection law, but this is now mandatory and essentially what counted. T means is as well as actually being compliant with the patient's other GDP are sets practices. Doctors hospitals now have to demonstrate that they're actually compliant with the peel. So what that means is they're gonna need to keep accurate records of all that data processing activities. So day-to-day process, why? What purpose? And they've also got to be able to identify the specific law for reason to to process this information. The other things that they need to do is make sure that their data protection policies are up to date and reflect the requirements of the GPO. Another thing is that they will have to appoint a data protection officer. This is somebody who will provide them with vice and monitor the data protection practices to make sure that you know they're doing it right as you've been covering this, have you got the sense that doctors have been quite calm in the run-up to the enforcement of may twenty fifth, or do you think there's apprehension? I think there's a little bit of. Both. I think some doctors are quite calm and there's some really. Are you more worried about it? And the reason for that, I think that doctors always want to do the right thing and they are so professional in the. You know, Essex and their ability to make sure they're on the right side of the law and they're doing everything right. So any change in legislation, we tend to find can cause doctors an element of anxiety. Sure. How about have any raise any issues though, with the new regulation? Well, there are going to be some challenges regarding the day-to-day working, and I think that has been something that a lot of doctors have raised with us mainly GP's. I think the biggest change today today work is going to be regarding subject access requests. So this is where a patient or a third party such as a semester or insurance company, you know, with the patient's consent, if they make a request copies of medical records. Now this is something that's not new. I mean, practices and hospitals are very familiar with patients making subject access requests, but the timeframe has been reduced for these requests to be actions. So it's going down from forty days to one calendar month and another change is not practices. I'm postals the doctors who who have their in private notes, they will be able to charge for such requests. So this is quite unimportant issue in terms of resorting. Because if there's a lot of requests coming in for copies of medical records. Because obviously thoughts every patient's right to make a request for access to their records one about when it comes to patients, what are the main changes that patients will notice? One of the first things don't notice, I think is that when they go into their practice or into the hospital, they may see a predeceased notice on the wall and these purposes, if as patients who don't speak English as first language, they may find these translated into their own languages. And there's lots of that they have to to say the practices or hospitals have to say who the data controller is, who the data protection officer is, and then go onto why they're processing do the data you their information, what the new for basis for this is what personal data that actually processing how long they retain it, and they have to make a list of the subjects rights. So the patients rights. So the full, I don't think you necessarily see on the wall a list of your rights as a patient, whereas a data subject, but that's going to be a change that they will. Will notice what about kind of wider general practice in the UK. So outside of specific practices, how could GDP are affect just like the kind of medical community generally positively or negatively? So for instance, you talked about the data protection officer. Could it create new jobs or could it maybe increase costs and the time that doctors have to spend dealing with things that have nothing really to do with patient care, it may won't create for data protection officers. Although data protection officers are going to be people who've got expertise in data protection and have a lot of millions with how they were gonna already processes data. So in many cases, it might be an existing employees or somebody that's worked in a similar situation that would would would become the data protection officer. And I think it will be reassuring doctors ultimately to know that they're minimizing the risk of a breach of data and hopefully give them the satisfaction that they're doing data protection. Well. And I think it will be helpful for doctors to know that patients will be happy to because they'll really understand how that data's being processed, and they will feel confident to exercise their rights and hopefully that will reassure them that actually, you know, doctors taking that confidentiality seriously that you have rights to their own data. You know, they can see what's being written about them. They can, you know, make sure that it's accurate. These kind of very important principles of GDP are. And I think it's really, really good the patience to be able to to have his rights. Interesting

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