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An Unhealthy Fixation With Databases?

Jamie Grace wrote this article.

The Database State report commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust, written by the UK authors Anderson et al and published in March 2009 gives a sweeping – and damning – overview of databases, IT frameworks and general ‘e-governance’ initiatives concerned with managing (and hopefully improving) public health in the UK.

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Respected UK Trust Slams Government Databases

Jamie Grace wrote this article.

Sunday Times journalist David Leppard has given an important pointer to an upcoming political tug-of-war in the UK. The Jospeh Rowntree Foundation (an important ‘liberty & democracy’ campaigning funder) has produced a report – published on Monday the 23rd of March – that slams the myriad of Government-sponsored ‘giant databases’ that exist or are planned for implementation in the UK.

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Google Health in Cleveland

Google wants to manage your health information starting in Cleveland:

The
Cleveland Clinic has more than 100,000 patients and many of those are
retirees who spend some of the year elsewhere such as Arizona and
Florida. And when they go, their medical records don’t follow says Dr.
C. Martin Harris, the clinic’s chief information officer.

The
Google personal health record Harris says is a solution to that
problem, among others. A person can approve the transfer of information
on medical conditions, allergies, medications and laboratory results
from the clinic’s computers to a Google personal health record.

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As it Goes

It’s been a wild couple of days with the database update — BIG THANKS to Chris Lea, Media Temple Director of Technology, for personally upgrading our server and making sure everything here sings the best and fastest possible tune.

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