ersonal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully. Personal data shall be obtained only for one or more specified and lawful purpose. Personal data shall be adequate, relevant and, where necessary, kept up to date. Personal data shall be accurate. Personal data processed for any purpose shall not be kept longer then necessary. Personal data shall be processed in accordance with the rights of the data subjects under this act. Appropriate technical & organisational measures shall be taken.
Personal data shall not be transferred to a country or territory outside the European Economic area. Since the internet will be available for anyone to use the surgery will need to put up security systems for people who may have destructive means of using the system i. e. Hackers. Personal information about the patients will be in threat by hackers. This is not the only threat imposed by hackers the hackers could also damage the website which could cause damage worth large sums of money.
Therefore its is essential for the surgery to put up security measures, these can be in the form of authorised logging in systems, back up systems for important information, therefore if the system fails the relevant information can be retrieved. According to the results 93% of the respondents want to see a website of their GP, this shows that people are willing to use the website. About half of the patients use the surgery once a year or less, this implies that the website is not likely to be used very frequently by the same patient.
The website should be very clear and understandably & user friendly. Two third of the patients would prefer to book their appointments online. This indicates that the website is likely to decrease phone calls to the surgery. 75% of the patients see the website as being secure & confidential. This is a great majority therefore online subscriptions are likely to be high which will save more money for the surgery. In the present conditions that we are facing it seems that putting a website will be more beneficial that a disadvantage.
The benefits of putting up a website will increase in the long run as the use of internet will increase & the internet will penetrate into more homes. The benefits of putting up the web-site clearly overweigh the drawbacks. It will cost a large amount of money to put up the website but in the long run, the return back of putting up the website will over exceed start up costs. Therefore it is very advisable for the GP surgery to put up its own website.
* Information on the Data protection act
-http://www.lancs.ac.uk/iss/rules/dataprot.htm – Accessed on- 9-3-2003
* Statistics about the household PC's
-www.london.gov.uk/gla/publications/ e-london/londoners-online2.pdf Accessed on – 9-3-2003