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RFID Privacy Issues in Healthcare: Exploring the Roles of Technologies and Regulations

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Executive Summary

With the deployment and use of Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) technology in the healthcare domain, there are increasing privacy concerns regarding the technical designs of RFID systems vis-?-vis the requirements of the healthcare regulations. This paper reviews and analyzes the impact of privacy issues in the RFID adoption in the healthcare domain, and presents a conceptual framework for analyzing the relationship between technology and regulations in light of the Fair Information Practice (FIP) principles to ensure patients' privacy. The conceptual framework uses the FIP principles as a guideline to examine the design of Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) and analyze existing regulations to assess the compliance issues.

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