Essay On Right To Privacy In Health Care

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Elements and instances of personal data on care recipients collected by healthcare sector shall be limited to appropriate and optimal level to ensure privacy of the care recipients.

“Saying that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about freedom of speech because you have nothing to say.”-Jean-Michel Jarre.
Every single person has the right to privacy and when it comes to such a sensitive topic as health related data it must be analyzed with much gravity. Data collection is defined as the ongoing systemic collection, analysis and interpretation of health data necessary for designing, implementing and evaluating public health prevention programmes according World
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Even outside the field of health care, privacy has been established as a fundamental right. This is apparent in International Covenant on civil and political rights. Article 17 of it states:
1. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to unlawful attacks on his honour and reputation.
2. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Privacy in health data although may seem novel to us with the emergence of computer science in recent times, in reality goes back to centuries in B.C.E.
Even in the Hippocratic Oath there are parts dedicated to give priority to the patient’s privacy. “And whatsoever I shall see or hear in the course of my profession, as well as outside my profession in my intercourse with men, if it be what should not be published abroad, I will never divulge, holding such things to be holy secrets.”- Hippocratic Oath. The modified version of Hippocratic Oath states, “I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may

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