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European Legislation Creates Emphasis on Patient Data Safety Issues.

DUBLIN, Ireland -- Research and Markets ( announces the addition of new Frost & Sullivan report Patient Data Safety in Healthcare Industry in Europe to their offering.

This Frost & Sullivan research titled Patient Data Safety in Healthcare Industry in Europe provides a detailed analysis of the current scenario persisting in Europe pertaining to patient data safety. The study also includes the main drivers, restraints and regulatory trends that are influencing the healthcare IT industry in Europe. Finally, it offers strategic recommendations to industry participants.

Market Sectors

Expert Frost & Sullivan analysts thoroughly examine the following market sectors in this research:

* Hospitals

* Life Sciences

Market Overview

European Legislation Creates Emphasis on Patient Data Safety Issues

Patient data safety is one of the most critical issues faced by the European healthcare information technology industry. Data privacy and security has always been a major issue of concern. This has resulted in a strong emphasis on patient data safety throughout Europe. The rapid development of information and communication technology is a key factor that threatens the privacy of data and this is a concern for individuals and the society at large.

"Legislation necessitating a stable healthcare IT infrastructure and stressing on patient data safety is a major driver," notes the analyst of this research service. "The HL7 was initially adopted all over the United States and with growing awareness across Europe, most of the countries in the region have started following it."

Industry Participants to Focus on Incompatibility of Data Formats

The European Directive 95/46/EC is recognised and accepted as the world's highest privacy standard. Other regulations include the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) as well as Ontario's Freedom of Information and the Protection of Privacy Act. Privacy of data is ensured by adopting encryption for personal data protection and blind signatures. Blind signature in one form of digital signature, where the content is disguised before it is signed. They are typically employed where the signer and the message author are different parties.

Presently, data protection and IT security, combined with compatibility issues of data formats are the major challenges affecting patient data safety. Electronic heath records pose security and privacy problems. Moreover, the degree of access is a significant challenge. "The problem lies in identifying the level of information access to each employee in the organisation," explains the analyst. "In this scenario, industry participants should focus on standardising data formats and ensuring access of patient data only to authorised individuals."
Content Outline:

1. Executive Summary
2. Glossary
3. Research Methodology
4. Industry Challenges
5. Patient Data Safety in Europe
6. Standards
7. Strategic Recommendations
8. Database of Key Industry Participants
9. Decision Support Database

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