Dutch to Create Cradle to Grave Records Database

15 Sep ’05

AP is reporting that “the Dutch government will begin tracking every citizen from cradle to grave in a single database, opening a personal electronic dossier for every child at birth with health and family data, and eventually adding school and police records.” The new database will begin Jan. 1, 2007.

I personally believe that this is a necessary and inevitable step in how personal records are managed – for example, given current technology it is simply inexplicable that we do not already have in place, or are not imminently starting, a national cradle-to-grave personal health record system in Canada. We haven’t even begun a public debate. It seems to me that such a system would inevitably improve the efficiency and quality of health care services.

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