Affiliations: Alma Mater Studiorum, Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy | E-mail: [email protected]
Corresponding author: Alma Mater Studiorum, Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy. E-mail: [email protected]
Abstract: In this paper are considered two very different subjects, Personal Health Record and Big Data in their application to Healthcare organizations, both showing the growing relevance of new technologies in this field, and the continuous struggle juridical systems fight in determining rules applicable and, even more, in understanding their potentialities and limits. As an essential feature, we consider the urgency of balancing citizen rights (specially a person right for privacy about her/his health conditions), the value of transparency and access to data, the need Health professionals have for a complete and accurate information, either for scientific advances and a determining the most appropriate cure to every single case. The paper focuses then on the regulation applicable to the two subjects, especially after the recent approval of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation, trying on one hand to show how new technologies can be controlled by rulings in act and, on the other, what still eludes any legal restrain.
Keywords: Personal health record, big data, gdpr, citizen rights, privacy, digitalization