Doctors testing safer alternative electronic patient record




Amsterdam GPs to test an alternative to the electronic patient record that would be safer and better privacy protection would provide. The system, called Whitebox, was developed by a researcher from the University of Amsterdam.

The Whitebox is a physical box that is installed in doctors’ practices. The system controls access to files for each patient and provides encrypted connections with other doctors. The doctor can third parties, such as the pharmacy, provide access to data from patient records, but the intention is that this is done only after consultation with the patient.

Benefit from the placement with the doctor himself, would be that the data exchange is legally and technically protected by professional privilege would put the initiators. Also mentions the developer of the Whitebox, UvA researcher Guido van ‘t Noordende, the advantage of simplicity: “It is small and is close to the way caregivers work Patient data can be better protected as a result..” In the autumn will start a trial with twenty GPs in Amsterdam, making patient data retrieved for the evening, night and weekend posts.

The exchange of medical data shows long been a difficult issue. Years ago, sent the government into introducing a system for the electronic patient record, but that did not pass the Senate because of security concerns. Eventually there came a similar system where the government is not involved and where patients must give permission.

This system is financed by the health insurance companies. The information in this walk along a central access point to the National Switch, which is seen by critics as a security risk. Also, doctors were afraid that access ultimately determined by the health insurance companies and government agencies would be and they feared curtailment of professional secrecy.

The project is an initiative of the GP Circuit-Amsterdam-Almere and Whitebox Systems, a spin-off from the University of Amsterdam, founded by security researcher Guido van ‘t Noordende.

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