UK: Patients are "misled" over confidentiality of health e-records, say Oxford researchers

Tony Collins reports:

Researchers from Oxford University say that patients are not being adequately informed about possible secondary uses of their medical data for research and are “misled about the level of anonymisation of their data and the likelihood of re-identification”

The criticism is in a paper, “The limits of anonymisation in NHS data systems” which was published yesterday by the British Medical Journal [2 February 2011].

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