Friday, February 21, 2014

Privacy Concerns Delay UK Health Database

Privacy concerns have been raised about the United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS) database, which will contain the medical records of all NHS patients.

The NHS argues the database will allow researchers to study the causes of disease, identify drug side effects, and detect outbreaks. To address privacy concerns the NHS is delaying the database for six months.

"Privacy groups have warned patients will have no way of knowing who has accessed their medical records."
- iHealthBeat.org
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Sources:
(a) U.K.'s NHS Delays Patient Record Database Amid Privacy Concerns - www.iHealthBeat.com, 02/19/2013

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