Privacy in Healthcare



At Academia Engelberg‘s Second Dialogue on Science in 2003, intensive discussions about the issue of the ‘transparent citizen‘ were held. Academia Engelberg Foundation dedicated a discussion to this complex issue at the Grand Casino Lucerne on April 13, 2005.

New technologies (Internet, cell phones, biometrics, GPS, microchips) will monitor us in a way that was unimaginable ten years ago. They will be with us for a lifetime.

Healthcare (‘transparent patient‘) is also affected. This raises, among others, the following questions:
How much privacy do we want?
How much monitoring will be accepted?
How much does the patient value privacy?
Who is monitoring whom and to what end?
Who wins? Who loses?

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