Conference on Cyberlaw and Compliance Challenges Concerning Health  & Medical Industry

Conference on Cyberlaw and Compliance Challenges Concerning Health & Medical Industry in India was organized on 16th March, 2017 from 9 am to 12.15 pm at Conference Room-1, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi-110003.

The said Conference was organized by Cyberlaws.Net and Pavan Duggal Associates, Advocates.

Modern day health and medical records are being stored and generated in the electronic form.  Health and medical records are increasingly being generated, retained and transmitted in the electronic form, on computer systems and computer networks of corporates.  These Electronic Health Records contain sensitive personal data or information, the handling of which brings forward various cyberlaw challenges.

The Conference was addressed by Pavan Duggal, Advocate, Supreme Court of India and internationally renowned expert and authority on Cyberlaw.

In his keynote address, Pavan Duggal highlighted the significance of Indian Cyberlaw to the Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) industry. He noted that Indian medical and health related ecosystem and corporate are currently not complying with the requirements of law thereby risking themselves and their top managements to potential legal exposure.

Cyberlaw expert Pavan Duggal also highlighted the need for creating far awareness about protecting privacy amongst the patients. He highlighted the need for India to have Electronic Medical Health Records Charter of rights, duties and responsibilities which can be effectively enforced.  He further advocated the need for a regulator for Electronic Health Records (EHRs) in India as one-stop-shop addressing all issues, complaints and disputes concerning Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and connected activities.

Pavan Duggal further highlighted the need to concentrate on cyber security of and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and highlighted the potential dangers that medical and health industries would face from cyber criminals in the coming times. He further highlighted various cases where unauthorized access of misuse was reported of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) aimed at causing wrongful loss and damage to the respective stakeholders.

The Conference was also addressed by various thought leaders in the medical and health ecosystem which include Hospitals, Medical Companies, Biotech Companies, Clinical Laboratories, Healthcare Companies and other related stakeholders in the medical and health related industries. Various experts highlighted the inadequacy of the Indian legal frameworks in the context of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) and Electronic Health Records (EHRs). The experts further felt that there was a need for far more consultation with the relevant industry stakeholders before the Government comes up with enabling legal frameworks.

The participants further discussed emerging norms stipulated by the Government of India concerning Electronic Health Records (EHR) and applicable legal frameworks.

The Conference recommended to the Government to act quickly and come up with enabling cyber legal frameworks to regulate Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) ecosystem in India and to come up with balanced approach which protect both the interests of patients as also the corporate stakeholders.

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