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General Data Protection Regulation and its effects on healthcare in the Netherlands and Germany

Kleine, Jeffrey (2018) General Data Protection Regulation and its effects on healthcare in the Netherlands and Germany.

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Abstract:On the 25th of May 2018, the European Parliament enforced the General Data Protection Regulation to replace the directive on data regulation established in 1995. The regulation empowers people to be the owners of their personal data. This empowerment has consequences for organisations, who have to make sure that informed consent is retrieved when they start the processing of the data of their customers or patients. The purpose of this thesis is to evaluate whether healthcare institutions are affected by the consequences of GDPR on this industry and to assess whether the quality of care is distressed by these new privacy-security measures. Following the research at healthcare institutions up by surveys, research is done to evaluate whether disclosing behaviour of patients might change and whether this could have influences on these healthcare institutions. The results show that healthcare institutions so far have not suffered significantly from the adoption of GDPR, but that work has been more inconvenient and inefficient. Disclosing behaviour is currently not affected, but the surveys show that as privacy-awareness increases; disclosing behaviour might also be impacted; which could potentially lead to consequences for the quality offered in the healthcare sector in the future.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 77 psychology, 85 business administration, organizational science, 86 law
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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