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Medical Social Networks, Epidemiology and Health Systems

Medical Social Networks, Epidemiology and Health Systems
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Author(s): Patrícia C. T. Gonçalves (INESC TEC, University of Porto, Portugal), Ana S. Moura (LAQV-REQUIMTE, University of Porto, Portugal), M. Natália D. S. Cordeiro (LAQV-REQUIMTE, University of Porto, Portugal)and Pedro Campos (INESC TEC, University of Porto, Portugal)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 12
Source title: Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fifth Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3479-3.ch126


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The increasing use of medical software as an interface between patients and medical staff has raised alarming questions on the safety of data privacy and assurance of patients' rights. This issue has reached a new level with the emergent use of medical social networks in Health Information Systems. Medical networks, which work as an interface between the patient medical data and geographical and/or social connections, as well as between the patient individual needs and the attending medical doctor, can allow feasible and fast visualization/information systems. As new models for medical social networks and health data visualization and information systems are planned and presented, the need for protocols regarding data privacy in this context is becoming a subject of analysis and discussion. This chapter reviews the evolution and status quo of prospective medical social networks within data privacy and patients' rights, and discusses the ideal model and its future venues and interaction with ethics in the areas of Law, Health Policies, and Human Rights.

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