NL: Privacy row over putting Dutch medical charts on file

From Mohit Joshi:

If Dutch health minister Ab Klink has his way, the medical charts of all Dutch nationals will be stored in a single national database as of January 1.

From that day onwards, the family doctor can read what the neurologist has written down about his patient, while the neurologist can study his patient’s medical history as registered by his family doctor.

“We support the launch of the electronic patient database,” Fulco Seegers, spokesman for the national family doctor association LHV, tells Deutsche-Presse Agentur dpa.

According to LHV, the electronic patient database can prevent medical mistakes and improve treatment.

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