New Scientist article New York, USA, November 24, 2017 (EN) A new type of data protection law has been introduced in New York City.
The legislation will introduce new guidelines for data collection in healthcare.
Under the legislation, healthcare providers and companies will have to ensure that the data they collect from patients and other data they receive is protected against unlawful disclosure.
Under a bill introduced by Assemblymember Daniel Dromm (D-Bronx) on October 21, the guidelines will provide clear guidance on the legal rights of healthcare providers to keep patients’ medical information private, as well as the legal requirements to safeguard the data.
The law also requires providers to report any breach of patients’ privacy, including data breach reports, to the state’s data protection commissioner and the city’s Department of Health.
The new legislation is the latest effort by New York’s healthcare community to take a more proactive role in protecting patients’ personal information, said Dromf’s office.
The bill also makes it easier for people to report breaches of patients privacy, as it does not require them to provide information that is deemed to be personal.
“This legislation provides the tools to hold healthcare providers accountable for the security and integrity of their data,” said Dromem in a statement.
“We believe that the New York healthcare community will be better able to effectively communicate this important issue when this legislation comes into force.”
The bill will take effect on January 1, 2018.