27 European Journal of Health Law 8 : 27-39, 2001. © 2001 Kluwer Law International. Printed in the Netherlands. New forms of medical data collection – should be complemented by a new European privacy standard 1 ? THOMAS KIENLE Rabaa – Vogel – Ruck & Collegen Filderstadt – Bonlanden, Germany 1. Introduction The doctor’s obligation to maintain conf identiality about all medical information which he acquires through medical treatment is one of the most important and oldest principles applying to data protection. In a wider sense data protection belongs to the important cultural achievement and human heritage that everyone is entitled to the enjoyment of the right to privacy which entails the prohibition of any arbitrary interference by public authorities or other persons from the conditions to live and fulfil one’s own life. The right to privacy nowadays is challenged by a dynamic technological evolution which can be described with digitalization covering for instance: – high tech medicine; – machine aided diagnosis producing digital results, and – intra-networks and internetworks between hospitals and surgeries. It should also be mentioned that medical reports will no longer remain paper reports but will be substituted by electronic report files. It is
European Journal of Health Law – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2001
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