Personal health data: patient consent in information age

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2011;169:58-62.


In this paper we report on findings related to treatment of patient consent in various circumstances and geographic domains; explore transfer of health data between custodians and geo-political entities; and emphasize importance of educating general public about issues related to handling health data. A specific set of questions about consent/legislation and related issues in the Canada, the USA and the EU are addressed in an attempt to answer them systematically. This comparison identifies similarities and differences along a set of dimensions.

MeSH terms

  • Access to Information
  • Canada
  • Computers
  • Confidentiality / standards*
  • European Union
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent*
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized*
  • Privacy
  • United States