Digital Health Legal

Volume: 1 Issue: 4
(May 2014)


A report looking at the future capability of technology in the collection, use and analysis of big data and its ability to protect and threaten privacy, ‘Big Data and Privacy: A Technological Perspective,’ prepared by the United States President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), was presented to President Obama on 1 May, highlighting the value of big data for healthcare and that current healthcare privacy laws may not adequately protect privacy or allow such analytics. / read more

The UK Department of Health published on 14 April its ‘Transforming Primary Care’ report, a policy document to be implemented through changes to the GP contract, which primarily focuses on patients with complex care needs. / read more

The Italian Personal Data Protection Authority (the ‘Garante’) has announced that it will examine mHealth apps compliance with privacy laws between 12 and 18 May during the international ‘Sweep Day’ initiative. ‘Sweep Day,’ organised by the Global Privacy Enforcement Network of which the Garante is a member, will investigate privacy concerns relating to mobile applications globally. / read more


Access to, and the efficiency of, healthcare systems are major challenges for the 21st century. They can, in part, be explained by four major trends: (1) Life expectancy is continuing to increase worldwide, which presents real opportunities for future generations, but poses a great challenge. In the western world, for example, the population of people over 80 years old is expected to double by 2030. (2) Chronic conditions are increasingly prevalent: if we take diabetes as an example, in 2003 the International Diabetes Federation estimated that there were 194 million people with diabetes worldwide. By 2025, this number is set to rise to 333 million. And diabetes is only one of many chronic conditions. (3) Healthcare expenditures are growing steadily: spending on chronic conditions accounts for a significant proportion of this expenditure. Estimates show that spending on chronic conditions ranges from between 60% and 90% of overall healthcare expenditure. (4) Inequality of access to care services: this is a key trend, particularly in view of the increasing demands of populations. By Thierry Zylberberg, General Manager of Orange Healthcare & Executive Vice President of Orange. / read more

Paul Marriott, Independent Technology Enhanced Care Services (TECS) Consultant, contracted to NHS England Northern Senate and a Clinical Advocate TECS to NHS England working regionally, nationally and internationally, and recognised telehealthcare expert responsible for developing the concept of the Multi-Matrix Model of Telehealth Application within the North East, shares his experiences in delivering a telehealth programme and the common pitfalls to avoid. The Matrix Model seeks to apply enabling technology in all forms across the whole of the life cycle ranging from early prevention to end of life. Paul is a pioneer of the NHS Florence Telehealth System and his team have created over 80 clinical pathways in the North of England. Twelve months ago Paul was contracted as the Lead Telehealth Consultant and Advisor to NHS England Northern Senate and in the writing of this piece Paul draws on the experiences gained within the management of tele services and 20 years in the industry, both in a Health and Social Care setting. / read more

The European Commission published its ‘Green Paper on mobile health’ on 10 April 2014, stating the Green Paper’s aim as being to unlock mHealth’s potential in Europe. Clarissa Junge-Gierse, Dr. Alexander Csaki and Martin Conrads of Bird & Bird examine the legal risks and the potential for mHealth solutions to improve healthcare as presented by the Green Paper through the example of public healthcare providers and their handling of mHealth solutions. / read more

Amy Lerman of Epstein Becker Green’s Health Care and Life Sciences practice provides an overview of key legal and regulatory considerations for US healthcare providers seeking to provide telehealth services internationally. / read more

In order to overcome the difficulties facing healthcare, the Greek Ministry of Health is actively pursuing initiatives in the eHealth space. As a means of doing so, the Ministry officially formed the Greek eHealth ecosystem in October 2013. The Greek eHealth ecosystem aims to enhance and generate collaboration among all related healthcare actors, through regular meetings involving a range of stakeholders. Here, Mina Boubaki of the Greek Ministry of Health explains the role and objectives of Greece’s eHealth ecosystem. / read more

The New Zealand Ministry of Health is looking to ensure that by the end of 2014, half of New Zealand’s GP practices provide a patient portal. Adam Holloway and Igor Tokmadzic of DLA Phillips Fox examine the country’s eHealth vision. / read more

The G-Cloud initiative was established by the UK Government to encourage adoption of the cloud across the public sector. Jeremy Hill, Marketing Director, EMEA at Basho Technologies, an organisation creating open source distributed databases, explores the role of G-Cloud in initiating SMEs into the health sector, the challenges and why SME procurement can be a successful choice for healthcare organisations. / read more

About Digital Health Legal:

Digital Health Legal is the monthly publication covering legal and regulatory issues and providing industry perspectives in the health IT sector. The publication covers eHealth, mHealth apps, data protection and privacy, electronic patient records, health data security and data breaches, telehealth and telemedicine, medical devices, online pharmacies, social media, standardisation, pharmacovigilance, patient safety, Big Data, health care informatics, cloud services in healthcare, liability, IP rights and HIPAA... /read more

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