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Medical data of Tallaght patients may have been breached

Medical records were given to a private firm to be transcribed and typed up.
Jul 23rd 2011, 5:28 PM 279 3

THE MEDICAL RECORD of thousands of Tallaght hospital patients have been supplied to a private firm, in a possible data security breach.

RTÉ reports that a verbal report has been made by the hospital to the Data Protection Commissioner after patient details were sent away to be transcribed and typed up.

According to the RTÉ report, some of the details were sent by a private firm with offices in Dublin to the Philippines, where they were transcribed and then sent back to Ireland.

The hospital was last year at the centre of  a scandal when it emerged that thousands of x-rays had gone unread and GP referral letters went unprocessed. Irish Health reports that the GP who exposed that scandal has said that not enough has been done to improve the governance of the hospital.

Tallaght’s emergency department is currently undergoing a HIQA safety probe.

Read more from RTÉ: Data commissioner to examine Tallaght practice>

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