Monday, January 29, 2007

More Spinal Privacy problems

As if we haven't got enough to worry about with our own national scheme, now someone in Brussels wants us to share all pour medical problems with most of Europe as well! According to the report, there are 5 million health workers across the EU, so if there is anyone who won't be able to access medical records at the drop of a hat, could they raise their hand now please?

No? Oh.

I've already posted about this twice (and on a related matter here, here and here).

Its bad enough that billions are being wasted on the UK scheme which, after £12 billion (at least) and several years, is still charitably describable as an insecure waste of money with a long term usefullness rating that most health professionals aren't convinced about.

How much will a pan-European scheme cost us and who is going to make the most money from it?

Oh, yes.

Who will benefit from the scheme?

Sorry. Forgot that one.

"The data that will be shared will include some kind of emergency care records and patients' medication histories. The aim of the scheme is that if, for example, a UK citizen falls ill while in Spain, doctors there will know what medication the patient cannot take or what existing conditions they already have."

Right. So instead of asking the patient, they can Google the patient. Great.

Still, what do I know?

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