Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Privacy fears over UK medical database

A number of folks, including physicians, are concerned about the possible privacy impact of a central electronic health records system being implemented in the UK: BBC NEWS | Health | Privacy fears over NHS database

It sounds a lot like the system being rolled out in Nova Scotia, which has encountered some privacy-related turbulence. Physicians, who are responsible for patient information under PIPEDA are not keen to trust the government with this information. The provincial government, on the other hand, isn't subject to PIPEDA and doesn't really see it as its problem. It is the province's problem if it wants a provincial electronic medical record....

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