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During the 1980s technology became available to allow large amounts of computer readable data to be stored on small plastic cards. Healthcare is one of the many industries that has been experimenting with the use of these cards and there have been many small scale medical trials in Europe, North America and Japan. The main task of these trials has been to evaluate the technology and acceptability to healthcare users and to assess the effect on patient care. However, because of the concentration on technology issues PDCs have been accused of being a solution looking for a problem. A working group was established at the request of the AIM Management Committee to cover assessment of the needs and organisational impact of patient data cards. The type of medical communication needed in the EC and the ways in which PDCs may fill that need, as well as the legal and ethical framework in which they may be used, are examined. Advantages and problems with PDC implementation are identified and a unique method has been derived to allow secure access to confidential medical data (the template). The group worked in three subgroups, concerned with clinical, legal and assessment issues.

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Authors: CEC, CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: XIII/F-475-90 EN (1990) 190 pp.
Availability: Available from the AIM Programme Office, CEC/DG XIII, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE)
Record Number: 199230039 / Last updated on: 1994-11-29
Original language: en
Available languages: en