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DPA Says Hospital Data-Sharing Unlawful

PRIVACY LAW—SWEDEN

April 26, 2011

Sweden's data protection authority has ruled that a hospital's failure to provide patients with the choice to opt out of the sharing of their medical and other data via an electronic health records system violated the law. The Data Inspection Board ruled April 18 that the sharing of patient records requires consent by the Patient Data Law, and Stockholm's Karolinska University Hospital's method of consent did not meet those requirements. The hospital belongs to a data-sharing network that allows database access to both public- and private-sector healthcare providers. (Article in Swedish).  
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