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Denham: Medical Research and Privacy Aren’t Enemies

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY

August 17, 2012

In a special to The Vancouver Sun, BC Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham discusses the ongoing debate about access to health data for medical research, with many alleging privacy law and policies hinder progress. “I am confident that it is possible to facilitate research and protect privacy at the same,” Denham says, adding that in her view, “privacy and research are partners, not adversaries, in the pursuit of better health outcomes.” Denham assembled a variety of stakeholders to discuss the issue, and they concluded that there is a “troubling lack of information” about the type of data available to researchers, data silos that create delays and lengthy approval timelines.
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