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The Lithuanian Government has approved the amendments to the Law on Public Health Monitoring that have been proposed by the Ministry of Healthcare. If the proposal finds support at the Seimas, the Ministry of Healthcare as well as its subordinate institutions will be authorised to process patients' personal data for statistical purposes.
Lithuanian Healthcare Ministry may be granted access to confidential patients' data
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Currently, data collection on certain persons' health is fragmented - it is gathered for research purposes or when specific cases of a disease are examined. Based on the Law on Legal Protection of Personal Data, the procedure of grossing up would be non-personal and would not reveal sensitive private information.

The Ministry of Healthcare said the amendments were necessary in order to collect quality data about mortality, identify ineffective treatment methods and evaluate the effectiveness of preventative measures.

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