Electronic Medical Data - Powerful New Communication Tools Create Privacy Challenges

Telecom companies use the slogan "anytime, anywhere" to describe ubiquitous access to entertainment, e-mail accounts, and corporate networks using broadband connections. In the field of healthcare, “anytime, anywhere” takes on a new meaning, allowing doctors and other healthcare professionals to consult images of a patient who might be located thousands of miles away; to consult, with a simple mouse click, a patient’s comprehensive health records, including tests results and images collected in several hospitals located in different cities at different times; to monitor, in real time, patients’ vital signs, whether the patient is at work, at home, or in transit.

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