The Office of Information and Data Protection Commissioner in co-operation with the OSCE Presence to Albania organized a workshop entitled “Rules governing the processing of personal data in the healthcare system”. The event gathered representatives of public institutions and private entities operating in the health sector.

In his note, Mr. Besnik Dervishi highlighted the importance of raising the awareness of individuals along with the effectiveness of a robust security mechanism concerning system operators. “Healthcare is one the most important areas with respect to the protection of personal data, due to the large amounts of data being processed, as well as to their sensitive nature. The Office of the Commissioner has particular regard for this sector, and encourages investments in terms of qualified human resources and systems ensuring data security” – stated the Commissioner.

The workshop was also addressed by Ms. Bardhylka Kospiri, Deputy Minister of Health and Social Welfare, who considered the co-operation of the Commissioner’s Office as sustainable and contributing to further improvement of the system with regard to this particular aspect. In his intervention, Mr. Emir Kamenica confirmed that the OSCE Presence will continue providing its support for similar initiatives aimed at ensuring conformity with human rights whereas the Chairman of the Order of Physicians, Mr. Fatmir Brahimaj stressed the importance of the topic being dealt with at the right time.

The Director of Data Protection Department, Mrs. Pjerina Gaxha held a presentation introducing the attendees with the Law No. 9887/2008 “On Personal Data Protection” and the secondary legislation in the field, as well as with practical cases. Last but least, the workshop was addressed by Mr. Angelo Trapana’, President of the National Union of Accredited Organizations of Rome, and an internationally renowned expert of this domain, introducing the process of certification of institutions/controllers of the healthcare system resting on the Italian experience.