As a supplier of services to the health sectors of New Zealand, Australia and Canada, HealthLink has learned to tread carefully with respect to political issues, however one of the areas we have continued to voice our views on is the centralisation of records and the creation of national or even regional patient record databases.
A key reason for this is that we are very concerned that privacy risks are undermining our ability to use IT to solve healthcare problems. Around the world more and more incidents are occurring in which patient information is misplaced or lost.
The following is a recent example of this from e-Health Insider, an English weekly eNews magazine that provides a lot of information about what is going on in the curious world of e-health.
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