Medical Centers and GDPR

6 ways you can avoid GDPR sanctions with Legit.Health

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    Introduction

    The real toll of a sanction for infringing the GDPR is magnitudes bigger than the mere financial cost, as it also affects the image of the company and erodes the trust that patients and employees have in the company.

    This is especially true in the healthcare industry, where the trust and peace of mind of the patient are paramount for a successful business.

    How can a medical centre shield itself against the many drawbacks of a sanction of this kind?

    The GDPR is not the problem; The GDPR is the solution. Your current system is the problem.

    Taig Mac Carthy, COO at Legit.Health

    A sanction epidemic

    Since it came into force in May of 2018, the GDPR has claimed more than 120 million euros in fines to companies in Europe alone.

    Although this law has ushered in a new era of user data protection and customer rights, the reality is that more likely than not this is just the first of many steps that are to come.

    As cybersecurity and the importance of personal data become more widespread ideas among the general public, so do the laws regulating these activities, and although this is true of every industry, the healthcare world will be one of the most affected ones.

    A case of study: HM hospitals

    In the early days of 2020, a hefty fine to HM hospitals was made public by the AEPD (The Spanish Bureau of Data Protection).

    The infraction that was being punished consisted of a violation of the 5th and 6th articles of the GDPR due to mismanagement of a simple entry questionnaire. When designing their form, they broke the existing rule, by not asking for explicit permission to share the data with third parties.

    This small slip cost them almost 50.000 euros in the form of a fine, but most importantly it supposed a big blow to the image of the company.

    If only there was a way of preventing this kind of situation…

    How Legit.Health helps you comply with the GDPR

    Legit.Health is the revolutionary scientific data and communication tool that represents the future of dermatology. It’s the best tool to assist diagnosis and the best ally of the doctors in improving the communication between them and their patients. And all that communication happens in a perfectly safe way by GDPR standards.

    Thanks to their deep learning computer vision algorithms, slick interface and scientifically backed design, this app not only provides doctors with a state of the art algorithmic diagnosis tool but allows the medical centres to avoid GPDR violations.

    This is how.

    GDPR compliance in medicine
    Hospitals are privacy and GDPR compliant with artificial intelligence

    Speed up the pathology reporting process and improve the patient’s quality of life.

    1. Legit.Health takes care of the data processing for you

    The goal of Legit.Health is to help medical centers on their day-to-day, and that includes helping them to properly comply with the GDPR. Two better understand how Legit.Health helps hospitals and clinics, it is important to know the differences between two figures: the Data Controler and the Data Processor.

    What is a Data Controler?

    The party that determines the purposes and means of the treatment of the data.

    What is a Data Processor?

    The party that processes the data on behalf of the treatment officer.

    This means that, although Legit.Health has no ownership of the data or any kind of decision making power about whats is done with it, Legit.Health takes upon them many of the tasks and responsibilities that would typically only burden the medical center, in order to make sure the data management is compliant with the latest regulations, assisting with audits, maintaining confidentiality, and so on.

    2. An app designed to only process the necesary information

    Many of the fines imposed for infringing the GDPR are related to the collection and storage of unnecessary data for a given service. This is prevalent across all kinds of companies but is more important to keep in mind in the healthcare industry, as health data is especially sensitive.

    Legit.Health only admits the inclusion of data that is strictly necessary for the service to be provided, making even the accidental leak of non-vital information near impossible.

    In addition, the platform clearly identifies and documents the legal basis on which this data has been taken, contributing to avoid a situation of non-compliance with the GDPR.

    Speed up the pathology reporting process and improve the patient’s quality of life.

    3. Easy to access and manage the data

    Another common and damming case of non-compliance with the GDPR, that has troubled many healthcare providers, is the handling of requests to access the data, as well as the process of removal.

    For example, when a user requests access to its data or demands its deletion, Legit.Health aids the medical center in addressing this request, facilitating the measures regarding all data gathered and stored through the application.

    Similarly, to help the client be compliant with the obligation to inform, the platform shows all legally relevant information to users in a concise, transparent, and easy-to-access way while using clear and simple language. This principle is applied especially to consent forms and legal terms, which in and of itself would avoid most fees or sanctions regarding the obligation to inform.

    4. Legit.Health takes cybersecurity dead serious

    As an expert in managing sensitive information, Legit.Health has in place an impeccable security architecture that guarantees a state of the art security for patients’ and doctors’ data.

    This are some of the ways Legit.Health protects its users

    • lockUnique cyphered tokens for user log-ins
    • vpn_keyAuthentication protocol with a private key
    • psychologyLog-Monitoring and Log-Auditing systems
    • securityConstant scanning of the software in search of vulnerabilities

    These systems ensure that all the data, the connection, and the communication between Legit.Health and its user are safe and reliable.

    Speed up the pathology reporting process and improve the patient’s quality of life.

    5. Fully backed up data at all times

    The integrity of the data stored in Legit.Health‘s servers are held to the highest standards, as all the information is continuously backed up to prevent data loss. Both the backups and the original data are fully cyphered to further ensure the security of the data.

    Forget about costly server maintenance and stop worrying about the physical integrity of your information, as the data storage technology used is as safe as it is convenient.

    6. A helping hand with audits

    At any point, Legit.Health is ready to provide all the information that the medical centers might need to successfully comply with internal or external audit requirements.

    By aligning themselves with Legit.Health, the medical centers can take advantage of a tool that is fully compliant with the GDPR as well as all other European standards, taking some of the burden and the hard work associated with keeping these matters in check. In other words, your work will be mostly done for you when the time for an audit comes.

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