In 2021, South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) came into effect to enforce data protection & privacy. Healthcare professionals & medical practices have always been custodians of personal information, safeguarding sensitive information from unlawful access. However, with the enforcement of POPIA, practices are now required to meet specific criteria that are outlined in the Act & monitored by the Information Regulator.
Ahead of the 1st of July 2021 deadline, we shared guidance & practical steps to help medical practices prepare for compliance. Most practices diligently addressed the initial requirements, aligning with the necessary protocols. But it is essential to periodically reassess your compliance status & identify any potential gaps that may have crept in over time.
To help you in this ongoing journey of data security & POPIA compliance, we have compiled a comprehensive Data Security & POPIA Compliance Checklist. This checklist aims to help you determine your current level of compliance, while also providing practical suggestions to enhance the protection of information on behalf of your patients.