15-year retention period for medical log data

Jan

4

2019

The Dutch Data Protection Authority wants a 15-year retention period for medical log data
Dutch Data Protection Authority thinks of making it compulsory for healthcare providers to keep data for 15 years on who has looked into medical records. A guideline for how long, for example, hospitals have to store log data, must come quickly.

That writes Trouw newspaper. The Dutch Data Protection Authority seems logical if care providers keep the log data for fifteen years, because the medical file must also be stored for so long, reports Trouw . Whether the directive will look like this is not known, because the responsible minister is afraid of a bulk of data by that rule.

Hospitals often keep log data for a long time, according to a tour of the daily newspaper. Many hospitals are around fifteen or twenty years old; a single hospital is at two years. Thanks to log data, patients can request who has had access to his or her medical data.

The Dutch Data Protection Authority, the ministry and, among others, the Dutch Hospital Association are discussing a directive that will set a time limit. That directive must come within half a year. The issue came on the agenda when it turned out that dozens of employees of a hospital in The Hague had viewed the medical file of a well-known Dutch person without being involved in the treatment.

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