Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Patients fear safety risk from electronic notes

Health campaigners are worried over the confidentiality of medical records being transferred into a new national online database. So they should be. The security and privacy concerns of this mega-project have been pretty much ignored by the government:
Concern that medical records will fall into the wrong hands is greatest among groups representing people with disabilities, HIV or mental health problems, who already face stigmatisation. They fear that if confidential information is intercepted electronically that their members could face greater discrimination.
I'll be refusing to have my records put online. If you value your privacy, you should too.

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