CommentaryHealth Information Technology

Electronic Consent Channels: Preserving Patient Privacy Without Handcuffing Researchers

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Science Translational Medicine  09 Feb 2011:
Vol. 3, Issue 69, pp. 69cm4
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3002037

Abstract

Advances in health information technology and electronic medical records have the tremendous potential to accelerate translational and clinical research. However, privacy concerns threaten to be a rate-limiting factor. By recognizing and responding to patient privacy concerns, policy-makers, researchers, and information technology leaders have the opportunity to transform trial recruitment and make it safer to electronically locate and convey sensitive health information.

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  • Citation: R. H. Shelton, Electronic Consent Channels: Preserving Patient Privacy Without Handcuffing Researchers. Sci. Transl. Med. 3, 69cm4 (2011).

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