EU-USA: European Commission: Memorandum of Understanding between the Commission and the US Dept. of Health on Cooperation Surrounding Health Related Information and Communication Technologies


EU-USA: European Commission: Memorandum of Understanding between the European Commission and the United States Department of Health and Human Services on Cooperation Surrounding Health Related Information and Communication Technologies (pdf):

"The scope of this Memorandum of Understanding is cooperation on topics directly pertaining to the use and advancement of eHealth/health IT, in pursuit of improved health and health care delivery as well as economic growth and innovation" which raises fundamental issues of data-sharing, privacy and data protection as it goes on to say:

"Development of internationally recognised and utilised interoperability standards and interoperability implementation specifications for electronic
health record systems that meet high standards for security and privacy protection
". To be sure everyone wants the "high standards" of security for their personal health records (ie: they should not be lost) but what chance is there of the "highest standards" for privacy?

 

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