Electronic health record: wiring Europe's healthcare

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Patrick Kierkegaard

The European Commission wants to boost the digital economy by enabling all Europeans to have access to online medical records anywhere in Europe by 2020. With the newly enacted Directive 2011/24/EU on Patients’ Rights in cross border healthcare due for implementation by 2013, it is inevitable that a centralised European health record system will become a reality even before 2020. However, the concept of a centralised supranational central server raises concern about storing electronic medical records in a central location. The privacy threat posed by a supranational network is a key concern. Cross border and Interoperable electronic health record systems make confidential data more easily and rapidly accessible to a wider audience and increases the risk that personal data concerning health could be accidentally exposed or easily distributed to unauthorised parties by enabling greater access to a compilation of the personal data concerning health, from different sources, and throughout a lifetime.
Original languageEnglish
JournalComputer Law & Security Review
Volume27
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)503-515
Number of pages13
ISSN0267-3649
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Research areas

  • The Faculty of Law - Electronic Health Record, Cross-border healthcare, Privacy, Access, Data protection, Health Records, Medical Records
  • The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences - Electronic Health Record, Cross-border healthcare, Privacy, Access, Data protection, Health Records, Medical Records
  • The Faculty of Science - Electronic Health Record, Cross-border healthcare, Privacy, Access, Data protection, Health Records, Medical Records

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