E-health: A cautionary tale from a leader in the field

As healthcare data becomes increasingly digitised, authorities are struggling to balance usability with privacy.

COMPARING international medical systems is like discussing whether apples, oranges or pears are best. But in the pioneering field of e-health, several key issues are universal:

  • Interoperability, that is, the ability of computer systems from different health sectors to communicate with each other
  • Privacy/patient identification
  • The ability to turn GPs’ freehand notes into meaningful data via codes.

E-health enthusiasts often cite

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