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The Regulation of Privacy and Data Protection in the Use of Electronic Health Information

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 09 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:619
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    An International Perspective and Reference Source on Regulatory and Legal Issues Related to Person-Identifiable Health Databases

    Roberto J Rodrigues, Petra Wilson, Stephen J Schanz

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    Pan American Health Information, pp 217

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    My first reaction on leafing through this book was excitement—at seeing sections on the law and practice of medical informatics in dozens of countries. E-medicine throws up many hard regulatory problems, and we should not all have to waste time reinventing the same square old wheels. For example, I am writing this in Boston, and last night had a debate with local medical ethicists about the definition of anonymous data. The United States is now learning the hard way about many of the problems with de-identifying data—and, in particular, how easy supposedly anonymous records …

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