Proposed Info Sharing Agreement in Focus
HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S. & EUMarch 9, 2010
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and her Spanish counterpart, Minister of Health and Social Policy Trinidad Jimenez, met to discuss a proposed digital healthcare data sharing program last week, reports ZDNet. "The aim is to create a scenario for clinical information exchange and technical interoperability..." said the EU presidency in a statement. The European Data Protection Supervisor's office (EDPS) has "taken note of the initiative," the report states. "This legal framework [for information exchange] will require special safeguards for the protection of sensitive personal data and...under the Lisbon Treaty, be subject to approval by the European Parliament," the EDPS said.