Privacy Commissioner welcomes HA's effort to enhance
patient data privacy
1. The Privacy Commissioner Mr. Roderick B. Woo
welcomes the recommendations made by the Hospital Authority's ("HA")
Taskforce on Patient Data Security and Privacy.
2. Mr. Woo said, "I am pleased to see that the HA has
taken the initiative to review public hospitals' system security and
patient data protection and that the Taskforce's recommendations seek
to provide technical solutions to address the security risk to
3. The HA contacted the Commissioner this morning to
confirm that the Taskforce's recommendations are complementary to the
recommendations set out in the Commissioner's Inspection Report dated
22 July 2008. The HA also gave an assurance that it will
definitely abide by the Commissioner's recommendations and will provide
quarterly progress reports on its implementation.
4. In recognition of the importance of education and
training for medical staff, the PCPD and the HA are planning to stage a
privacy awareness campaign which will cover all public hospitals.
However, the project cannot be implemented until sometime in the new
year due to the Privacy Commissioner's shortage of resources.