No Risk to Data of 600,000 NHS Patients, says GE Healthcare

No Risk to Data of 600,000 NHS Patients, says GE Healthcare

The GE Healthcare Company clears that nothing wrong has been done with any of the collected data of NHS patients as was being alleged by several authorities.

Rumors were being aired that 600,000 NHS patients’ data is at risk as it has been inadvertently sent overseas. But GE Healthcare, the data collecting company is insisting that the entire data is absolutely safe and there is no kind of any risk attached to it.

On Sunday, reports from The Sun cleared that data of hundreds of patients like their ID numbers, initials, gender, height, weight, age and other clinical information has been collected by NHS suppliers to be sent overseas. Fears rumored that since the data was unnecessary, it could be put at certain risks like losing the details, hacking the information, misusing the data or stealing the reports etc.

But soon GE Healthcare cleared all the rumors and explained that the data is at no risk and the authorities have already started their efforts to ease the situation.

Explaining the entire situation, a spokesman for GE Healthcare said that "We obtained more patient data from our diagnostic imaging products than we needed to perform services for our customers. We immediately undertook an extensive analysis using outside experts, and, based on that analysis, we are confident that this data was not lost, hacked, misused or stolen.”

The situation got relieved when The Information Commissioner's Office confirmed that they had information about the entire procedure. The department has powers to issue fines of up to £500,000 for serious breaches of the Data Protection Act.

Regarding the situation, an ICO spokesman told Publicservice. co. uk that no patient’s personal data had been compromised with at any stage. Also GE Healthcare is being continuously advised to efficiently follow data protection obligations. The GE Healthcare has also started deleting the collected data.


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