School of Law

Dr Subhajit Basu co-authors new book on ‘Privacy and Healthcare Data’

19 January 2016 |

Dr Subhajit Basu, Associate Professor in Information Technology Law at the University of Leeds, has co-authored a new book entitled Privacy and Healthcare Data: 'Choice of Control' to 'Choice' and 'Control'. The book is due for publication on 28 January 2016 and was co-written with Christina Munns an informatics professional, specialising in the strategic application of information governance and security.

“In order for the information society to realise its full potential, personal data has to be disclosed, used and often shared. This book explores the disclosure and sharing of data within the area of healthcare. Including an overview of how health information is currently managed, the authors argue that with changes in modern society, the idea of personal relationships with a local GP who solely holds and controls your health records is becoming rapidly outdated. The authors aim to encourage and empower patients to make informed choices about sharing their health data. They do this by developing a three-stage theoretical model for change to the roles of the NHS and the individual.

The study generates debate to stimulate and inspire new models and policy, and to provoke new visions for the sharing of healthcare data. Such discussion is framed through an exploration of the changing concept of ‘privacy’ and ‘patient control’ in healthcare information management. The volume draws on best practices from Europe and the USA and combines these to form a suggested vision for the UK as an early adopter of change. The volume will be essential reading for academics in the field of privacy and data protection, as well as healthcare and informatics.” professionals across different jurisdictions.”

The book has been reviewed by Dame Fiona Caldicott, National Data Guardian for the NHS, Professor Andrew Murray from the London School of Economics, and Professor Roger Brownsword from King's College London among others.

Dr Subhajit Basu is an Associate Professor in Cyber Law at the School of Law, University of Leeds and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) and Research Fellow of African Centre for Cyberlaw and Cybercrime Prevention (ACCP). His principal research and writing is on ‘emerging technologies’, especially in the context of the ‘regulation of cyberspace’. His scholarship focuses on the regulatory challenges and gaps brought about by the development, ubiquitous use of such technologies, in what for many is the unique legal environment of the Internet. 

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