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4th January 2017
'Koi Sun to Nahi Raha?' A Campaign on medical confidentiality
 
Privacy and confidentiality are important tenets of ethical medical practice. Article 9 of the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights of UNESCO states as follows: "The privacy of the persons concerned and the confidentiality of their personal information should be respected. To the greatest extent possible, such information should not be used or disclosed for purposes other than those for which it was collected or consented to, consistent with international law, in particular international human rights law."
 
Patients have a legal right to data privacy, and there are laws in place to guide healthcare professionals about how to store, collect and distribute information. The patient is the supreme consent giver, and without such consent, no action on their health record can be taken. The hospital owns the records, but the information therein is owned by the patient.
 
Data protection and confidentiality are important cornerstones of medical ethics and essential to good practice. Moreover, it is also crucial with respect to patient safety.
 
Dr KK Aggarwal
National President IMA and HCFI
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Measles-Rubella initiative: IMA urges support in favor of the campaign

About 139 million children in India under the age of 9 months to 10 years are susceptible to Measles and Rubella infection. The medical community needs to support the campaign and accelerate its progress.

New Delhi, Jan 03, 2017: India, along with other WHO-SEAR countries, in September 2013, resolved to eliminate measles and control rubella/congenital rubella syndrome by 2020. Accordingly, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has introduced Rubella vaccine in its Universal Immunization Programmed as Measles-Rubella vaccine.
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