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Public Consultation Open for EHR System

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—HONG KONG

December 16, 2011

The Food and Health Bureau has announced a two-month public consultation period on the legal, privacy and security aspects of its proposed electronic health records system, which will connect public and private providers in an effort to streamline patient care, reports China Daily. The proposal includes criminal sanctions for unauthorised access of patient data with "malicious intent," and patient participation would be voluntary. "The government endeavors not only to deploy the appropriate technologies to safeguard system security but also to formulate a legal, privacy and security framework for sharing with reference to views of various stakeholders...to provide legal protection for the privacy of patients' health data and system security," said Food and Health Secretary York Chow.
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