The Patient, Data Protection and Changing Healthcare Models

Healthcare is changing. This volume explores patient autonomy and data protection laws in light of developments in modern healtchare systems, particularly ICT in healthcare and personalised medicine. A must-read for every professional active in the field of data protection law, health law, policy development or IT-driven innovation.
Griet Verhenneman
KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law Series
book | forthcoming | 1st edition
March 2021 | 200 pp.


ISBN 9781839701245

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Publication date: March 31, 2021


Healthcare is changing. It is moving to a paperless environment, a team-based, interdisciplinary and patient-centred profession. Value-driven strategies, evidence-based medicine, data-driven technology, decision support and automated decision-making are adopted in modern healthcare models. Health-related data are subject to eagerness characterising our data-driven economy.

Amidst these changes, is the patient and his or her right to data protection, privacy and autonomy.

The question arises how to match phenomena that characterise the predominant ethos in modern healthcare systems, such as e-health and personalised medicine, with patient autonomy and data protection laws. That matching exercise is essential. The successful adoption of ICT in healthcare depends, at least partly, on how the public’s concerns about data protection and confidentiality are addressed.

Three backbone principles of European data protection law, in particular, are considered bottlenecks for the implementation of modern healthcare systems: informed consent, anonymisation and purpose limitation. The book assesses the adequacy of these principles and considers them in the context of technological and societal evolutions. A must-read for every professional active in the field of data protection law, health law, policy development or IT-driven innovation.


GRIET VERHENNEMAN is a legal expert on e-health with an academic background. Today Griet is Data Protection Officer at the University Hospitals KU Leuven (UZ Leuven). Previously, she worked as a legal researcher at the Centre for IT and IP Law KU Leuven (CiTiP) and participated in several interdisciplinary projects. Griet continues her collaboration with the Centre as a Research Fellow. In her position of Data Protection Officer, Griet brings data protection into practice. Through her work as an academic, Griet continues to assess, discuss and disseminate about the legal implications of ICT-driven evolutions in the field of health and medicine.

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KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law Series

The KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law Series brings together the results of research activities of the Centre for IT & IP Law.

The central research themes of the series concern the legal and ethical aspects of information technology, innovation and intellectual property.

Each book in the series focuses on the essential developments in the current legal framework, necessitated by the rapid evolution of technology in various fields, such as government, media, health care, informatics, digital economy, banking, transport and culture. The research is characterised by an interdisciplinary approach, constantly cross-fertilising legal, technical, economic, ethical and socio-cultural perspectives.

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