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NHS IT Manager Guilty of Snooping on Patient Records

Computerworld UK has today published an article about Dale Trevor, an data quality manager at Hull PCT. Trevor, 22, has pleaded guilty to ‘going through patients’ medical records’ – and specifically those of women, and furthermore, of family, friends and colleagues.

Mr Trevor has pleaded guilty of breaching the Computer Misuse Act 1990, by accessing patients’ medical records without authority.

“Any breach of patient confidentiality is a serious matter, and so in this particular case, we welcome the fact that a successful criminal prosecution has been brought and that a custodial sentence is being considered” stated John Fitzsimmons, Director of Performance at NHS Hull.
“We hope the outcome, following a lengthy investigation, will go some way to reassure patients just how seriously we considered this breach of their trust to have been.”

Absolute Data can help stop situations such as this from happening, by auditing an organisation’s data activity – and realising who needs specific access, increasing security measures as necessary and training staff members on the importance of data protection and data governance.

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