The uncertain future of digitised health data

Electronic medical records are due to be introduced in Ireland, but do the risks outweigh the benefits?

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
1st June, 2014
Electronic records can make the delivery of healthcare to patients much more efficient. Picture: Getty

Ireland is gearing up to digitise the health of the nation, but the experience of our nearest neighbour has been far from smooth, with a succession of scandals forcing authorities to postpone the roll out of the project.

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