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Patient data security overhauled

USB stick
The overhaul came after the loss of two memory sticks with patient data

A health board in south west Scotland has carried out a security overhaul after the loss of two memory sticks carrying patient data.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway decided to introduce new technology following the incident last year.

It now uses USB devices with an in-built security system.

A wider programme to fully encrypt all other portable devices such as laptops, PDAs and digital cameras is also nearing completion.

Head of information management and technology Graham Gault said the moves put the region at the forefront of efforts to protect patient data.

He said it would mean Dumfries and Galloway was in a good position to meet security targets set by the Scottish Government.

"We will be way out in front in terms of Scotland but that doesn't reassure us," he said.

"We want to make sure we get to that endgame for ourselves."

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