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Connecting for Surgery: The Belgian Use Case on the Legal Aspects of the Digital Operating Room, Journal of Telecommunications and Information Technology, 2013, nr 1


Verhenneman, Griet ; Dumortier, Jos ; Vandezande, Niels

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telecommunications ; privacy ; data protection ; e-health


Telecommunications technology is making its way into operating rooms by new developments in e-health. However, conflicts arise with existing legal principles regarding data protection. This paper deals with key elements of the interactions between data protection and evolution in e-health. The scope will be the digital operating room, where different health services and activities converge through networked technology, raising a number of privacy-related issues. For instance, the patient’s health records and tools for recording surgical procedures could be integrated within the same platform, potentially leading to sensitive personal data linkage. Also the possible duration and reason of storage of surgical recordings, is a matter that remains largely unresolved in current practice. First, this paper will analyze the data exchanges of the digital operating room. As these will include personal patient data, it must be assessed whether and how the European framework on data protection can apply. Second, the regulatory regime of the manufacturers of the devices of the digital operating room will be analyzed. Can the current legal framework relating to e-health provide for suitable regulation for such devices? Drawing from experience gained in research projects, this paper aims to provide practical answers to often theoretical questions.


Instytut Łączności - Państwowy Instytut Badawczy, Warszawa


2013, nr 1

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ISSN 1509-4553, on-line: ISSN 1899-8852


Journal of Telecommunications and Information Technology



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Biblioteka Naukowa Instytutu Łączności



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