Roundup: Genomics biobank built in Africa, UK social care bodies to appoint Caldicott Guardians by 2023 and more briefs

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Under her legislative authority, the National Data Guardian (NDG) has issued guidelines on the appointment, function, and duties of Caldicott Guardians in connection with data processing operations. As this advice is being issued under the National Data Guardian’s authority under the Health and Social Care (National Data Guardian) Act 2018, those organizations to whom it applies are urged to comply by 30 June 2023. This change was made in response to the NDG’s 2020 public consultation on the Caldicott Principles and Caldicott Guardians. It establishes a requirement for all health and social public bodies that “handle confidential information about patients or service users” to have a designated person in place to manage data protection. BCP Platforms, a Swiss genomics research firm, announced a new partnership with the African Institute of Everyone Genome (AiEG), a South African genomics startup focused on developing Africa’s first integrated clinical and genomics data biobank. As part of the partnership, BCP’s platform will allow AiEG to gather 10 million patient genomes from all 54 African nations over a period of 10-15 years for RWD study. The research’s primary objective is to facilitate medication development and clinical research for patients in Sub-Saharan Africa. BCP CEO Tero Silvola said, “Supporting regional genomics projects and RWE research is critical to our goal of becoming the world’s top analytics platform for fast drug development.” We recognize the critical need of ensuring that African data is represented in Life Sciences research in the short to long term. Because BCP’s technology and methodology are centered on best-in-class governance of biological samples and longitudinal medical record data, we can contribute to ensuring the highest quality standards for research that will have a major beneficial effect on the African population.”Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GHNHSFT) is migrating a critical component of its electronic medical record system to OnBase, Hyland Healthcare’s content services platform, to improve compatibility with legacy systems. The trust’s choice to combine content services and business imaging on a single platform includes the addition of Hyland’s web-based enterprise diagnostic viewer, NilRead, and Acuo’s vendor-neutral archive (VNA). Its collaboration with Hyland and migration to a single platform would enable clinical information, including unstructured material such as consult notes and medical pictures such as MRI scans, to be available across clinical specialities and departments from inside a secure archive. Images and reports will be accessible in a single view, in context with the patient, across the trust’s Allscripts EPR process, while also allowing remote diagnostic image access and interpretation.

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