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Medical Records: Databases

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data security measures have been put in place for his Department's databases, including the NHS Care Records Service database; and how much these measures (a) have cost and (b) are expected to cost. (187013)

Data security measures and information assurance touch on almost every aspect of the overall business process of running a database or information technology (IT) project including areas such as risk management, auditing, monitoring, training, IT infrastructure, physical and personnel security, software and other aspects.

Data security measures and information assurance are embedded within the everyday business process of operating a database or IT project and the associated costs are not separate from the overall ongoing running costs of any database or any other IT project or programme. To do so would incur disproportionate cost.