Protecting personal information: Implications of the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act for healthcare professionals
Careless handling of patient information in daily medical practice can result in Health Professions Council of South Africa sanction, breach of privacy lawsuits and, in extreme cases, serious monetary penalty or even imprisonment. This review will focus on the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act (No. 4 of 2013) and the implications thereof for healthcare professionals in daily practice. Recommendations regarding the safeguarding of information are made.
M Buys, Specialist anaesthetist, private practice, Western Cape, South Africa
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Date published: 2017-10-31
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