Towards Security in Medical Telematics

Legal and Technical Aspects

Barber, B., Treacher, A., Louwerse, K.
Pub. date
January 1996
27 of Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
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Medical Informatics, Medicine & Health
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Telematics is offering a totally new scope for handling knowledge in the speed of its acquisition, learning, transference and communication. Healthcare professionals maybe misled and the patient maybe treated incorrectly. Secure and reliable information is a must in healthcare if the professionals cannot rely on the correctness of these modern streams of information. The protection of the patient's privacy is another security objective. Intensive national data protection regulations are today guiding professional work, but long before data protection came into the focus of public concern, ethical and professional demands already controlled the disclosure of patient data. This is the history of medical data protection.
The issues presented in this book are critical because telematics technology is now being used througout the health care system for dealing with very sensitve data. More and more computers and systems are interconnected, they are increasingly interoperable. Yet the primary demands are that they are correct, not corrupted, relevant, complete, and accesible only to authorised persons. This raises technological and legal, regulatory, and ethical issues that are dealt with in a national context, but also at the Community level in the form of proposals for EU directives on data protection and concerning the protection of personal data and privacy in the context of digital telecommunications networks.

"The issues presented in this book are critical because telematics technology is now being used throughout healthcare systems for dealing with very sensitive data". Health Informatics Europe, volume 4, no. 1, January 1996, p. 15