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New legislative updates are refocusing attention on data protection safeguards in Italy's healthcare sector, writes Giulio Coraggio in an International Law Office report. A new decree is reportedly about to be ratified by Parliament that will affect electronic health records, online examination records and the general use of healthcare information technology. According to Coraggio, the Ministry of Health will set forth decrees on mobile device use when collecting medical data and on its distribution to practicioners, researchers and patients. "The decree represents a key opportunity," writes Coraggio, "for providers of cloud computing services that are affiliates of pharmaceutical companies, but also companies--such as Google--that are active in other sectors, but whose services could be adapted to the needs of the medical sector."
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