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Implementation of Data Protection Requirements in Teaching Family Medicine

DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2019.0037-0041

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Iris Demmer, Falk Schlegelmilch, Eva Hummers

Keywords: case report data protection family practice medical education

Summary: Teaching family medicine is characterized by a case-related training and examination (block practical training, lectures, seminars, practical year, M3 exam). If case reports leave the family practice for medical education purposes, the legitimate interests of patients must be safeguarded. The principles of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union and the amendment of the Federal Data Protection Act (FDPA) must be abided. Based on these principles, suggestions are made for the use of case reports and the following aspects are emphasized: processing of data only in exceptional cases, patient consent, waiver of confidentiality, right of withdrawal, anonymization/pseudonymization, retention periods, conditions of data transfer and use. Results show that the basic requirements for data protection according to GDPR and FDAP for case reports from family practitioners can well be met. Failure to comply with these principles of data protection can result in high fines or sanctions. When providing case reports on online platforms, secure deletion after use cannot be guaranteed. The responsibility of family physicians and universities to inform the patient and to protect their privacy has increased with the new privacy rules.


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