This topic covers patient confidentiality and information governance, as well as the role of the Caldicott Guardian and the Senior Information Risk Owner.

In Practice

Caldicott Principles

The Caldicott principles, which were updated in 2013, should be employed to examine the conditions under which patient-identifiable information is used or shared. They are as follows.

  • Principle 1 — justify the purpose(s) for using confidential information.

  • Principle 2 — only use confidential information when absolutely necessary.

  • Principle 3 — use the minimum information that is required.

  • Principle 4 — access to confidential information should be on a strict need-to-know basis.

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