Dutch Senate rejects Electronic Health Record

Tuesday, 05 April 2011
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This afternoon a long-awaited irrevocable decision has been made: the introduction of the national Electronic Health Record (Elektronisch Patiënten Dossier, EPD) was unanimously rejected by the Dutch Senate. After 14 years and spending 300 million euros, the national EPD has ended up where it should have been years earlier: at the Scrapyard of Draconian Laws. Two years ago the Dutch House of Representatives accepted by a large majority the same plan for the national exchange of very sensitive patient’s data: almost all of the large Dutch political parties, namely PvdA, GroenLinks, D66, VVD, ChristenUnie, SGP and CDA voted in favour. This afternoon all these parties made a historic U-turn. Even the Christian-democratic CDA now seems to be cured. Progressive insight? Who knows... In any case, this development fits in with a wider trend that has been ongoing for a year and which sees politics being increasingly considerate about the privacy of citizens. Privacy First welcomes this development and expects that many other privacy-violating laws will equally be rejected.

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