By 25th May 2018 most organisations will have to become compliant with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It may seem like a long time away, but there are now only a few months left to ensure that your organisation complies.
What will change with GDPR?
GDPR replaces the Data Protection Act 1998, and is a piece of legislation with much more power to protect people’s data and will be enforced by the UK Information Commissioners Office (ICO). Under GDPR, you will have to not just be compliant but be able to evidence how compliance is achieved. To become compliant with GDPR it is necessary to have a reason for holding personal data, and that reason must be documented. The penalty for non-compliance is also more severe with potential fines of up to €10m or 2% of your organisation’s turnover.
Does GDPR apply to care providers?
Yes. GDPR applies to anyone that processes personally identifiable data about any individual. ‘Processing data’ includes storing, writing and reading information. Care providers have sensitive data stored, updated and read in care plans, along with other personally identifiable records.
How can electronic records help?
A digital solution is safer than paper and more likely to comply with GDPR. Paper records are extremely difficult to keep secure. With electronic records, you’ll be able to control who has access and keep records secure, while increasing the value of your records.
There is a shortcut to becoming compliant with GDPR.
You will still be responsible for ensuring compliance, but if your data is managed by a third party, and the data processing is managed by the third party, you can ask the third party to document how they manage GDPR compliance.
Mobile Care Monitoring is care home software that meets the data processing requirements of GDPR. Our customers use a fully hosted (cloud) system and we provide documentation on how our infrastructure meets the GDPR regulations.
Find out how we can help you with GDPR
In September 2017 we released a whitepaper detailing how care homes can prepare for GDPR.
Sign up to receive our whitepaper to find out what we’re doing to prepare for GDPR and how that can help you achieve compliance with GDPR: www.personcentredsoftware.com/gdpr
Find out how Mobile Care Monitoring can help in your care setting: firstname.lastname@example.org, 01483 604108