ICO given new powers to audit NHS

From 1 February, a change in the law will enable the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to subject public healthcare organisations to a compulsory audit.

The audits will examine how these organisations handle patients’ confidential personal information, as well as reviewing areas such areas as records management, staff training and data sharing.

Christopher Graham, the Information Commissioner, said: “Data breaches by the NHS are a major cause for concern – this will give us a chance to act before a breach happens”.

Healthcare organisations can face substantial fines if they suffer a data breach, so they must ensure that they handle their information legally as prescribed by statutory legislation and regulation.

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Expansion of CEC

CEC is pleased to announce the formation of CEC Healthcare Coding Limited, a new company within the CEC group of companies.

CEC Healthcare Coding Limited provides clinical coding services to UK healthcare organisations. Stephen Rapicano, Senior Partner at CEC, said: “the addition of this company further enhances our ability to support our clients in the healthcare industry across information governance, security testing, application hosting, PaaS, and web application development”.

CEC Awarded new contracts

CEC has recently been awarded new contracts. These include: 

  1. A contract to assist a NHS organisation with its information governance objectives
  2. A contract to provide bid and post-award support in relation to a substantial government contract.