Privacy, Data Decay and the Long Term Medical Record

  • A. L. Rector
  • M. G. Sheldon
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Medical Informatics book series (LNMED, volume 16)


The medical significance of certain information in the medical record declines much more rapidly than does its potential to do harm. The protocols for accessing to and transfer of information in an automated information system should therefore be governed in part by the time since it was collected. In setting up these protocols, the potential value of the information should always be weighed against the harm it might do.




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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. L. Rector
    • 1
  • M. G. Sheldon
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Community HealthUniversity of Nottingham Medical SchoolNottinghamEngland

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