What a Caldicott Guardian needs to know about BS 10008

The Caldicott Guardian plays a vital role within an organisation as the person responsible for the confidentiality, integrity and accuracy of patients and service-user information. They could be likened to the “conscience” of an organisation. In light of this key role, the Caldicott Guardian needs to be aware of BS 10008.   

What is BS 10008?  

It is the British Standard on Evidential Weight and Legal Admissibility of Electronic Information.  BS 10008 is the standard designed to assure the authenticity, integrity, confidentiality and availability of electronic information.   

With the whole health and social care sector moving at speed towards an electronic environment, the Caldicott Guardian has a key role to play to ensure the Caldicott Principles and patient data quality are not lost in the digitisation process.  Different risks are at play in a paperless world.  BS 10008 can help to understand and address these risks. 

Why BS 10008 matters to you

The seventh principle on the duty to share versus the duty to protect, implies that the information shared is authentic and accurate. Compliance with BS 10008 ensures this is the case. For example, with BS 10008 you can rest assured that you can verify and authenticate all your information to avoid the legal pitfalls of information storage. BS 10008 sets out the best practices for both the transferring of electronic information between systems and transforming paper records to digital files. 

If you’d like more information on how BS 10008 can help you, don’t hesitate to get in touch.