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Sharing and transferring health data

Watch this video to find out how health data is shared and transferred.

Medical professionals have a lot of data about their patients. Not only personal data, but also sensitive data. This data is shared among medical professionals to help patients get the medical treatment they need. Anna’s GP and gynaecologists share her data among themselves, but also share it with her insurance company and her postnatal care institution.

Health data is however a very broad concept, meaning that other organisations may also process health data. This includes for example the running app Anna uses and her employer, but also data brokers who track and generate Anna’s online profile in order to send her targeted advertisements.

You now have a better idea of how many organisations process Anna’s health data. Are you suprised by how many organisations and people process Anna’s health data? We would like to hear your ideas on this topic on the discussion board.

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