Tony Eardley, chair of the UK Council for Health Informatics Professions (UKChip) warns that dangers could arise from unregistered staff managing critical health systems and confidential medical information.
"In an age where medical research and delivery of health services depend increasingly on reliable computer-based systems and accurate and up-to-date information, health informatics staff should be encouraged if not required to demonstrate their competence and professionalism through professional registration" Eardley
asserts that such data breaches may only be a small sample as many may never be publicly reported.
asserts that the standards used by UKChip
for registration cover not only staff competence in informatics, but also their professional behaviour, their understanding of medicine and care, as well as the management of health services.
believes that all health informatics professionals should possess a certain level of competence in all these areas.
"Registration and regulation does not automatically mean that all of the above would have been avoided, but it certainly reduces the risk of mistakes happening again" he