What happens to data when a patient dies?
Although immortality still eludes modern medicine (many would say, thankfully), ‘e-mortality’ is already here, and is here to stay.
The global shift to using e-health records means a person’s digital healthcare data can potentially stick around forever. And there’s growing interest from governments and doctors about how that data could be put to good use.
The Australian Government is looking at a ‘secondary use framework’ for the My Health Record that will include ideas for what — other than direct care — the data can be used