European Data Protection Digest

EDPS: E-Health Must Have Privacy Safeguards

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—EU

May 7, 2010

While the European Commission and national governments favour e-health as a mechanism to drive down healthcare costs and improve patient care, "the potential can only be enjoyed in practice if we are successful in ensuring a strong trust...and a strong protection of health data." That is the message being shared by European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx as privacy advocates continue to raise concerns about e-health. European Voice reports on fears that "policymakers' enthusiasm for e-health may compromise sensitive patient information, which can be easily copied and transferred once it is in electronic form." European Commissioner Neelie Kroes has said e-health will be an integral part of a multi-annual work plan she is due to present later this month. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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