"Doctors.net's survey found 86 per cent of IT pros and 76 per cent of doctors could see the problem with this plan."
Presumably the rest are fucking morons. Let Google and Microsoft hold our medical records? And they'll do it for free? Damn right they'd do it for free, when you consider you'll be handing over a database system worth millions of pounds. You couldn't wish for more personal information as a direct marketer.
Not many people object to telling their doctor's admin assistant where they live and how to contact not only them, but their relatives too, as much as they would.. say.. a cold caller working for a direct marketing company.
Oh those records will be private? Which PARTS? I absolutely fucking guarantee not the income, credit rating, name, address, telephone number and whatever other information that businesses normally pay huge amounts of money gathering.
I used to work for direct marketing and all I can say is if you give this information to either of the largest and morally bankrupt corporations in the world, you've handed one of them a monopoly of immense value. They will have better and more reliable information than ANY business that sells marketing databases to those lovely people that fill up your letter box with all that glossy paper.
Oh 86% of IT professionals see a problem arising from this do they? I must be the only one that finds it interesting they've accidentally discovered that 14% of IT professionals are FUCKING MORONS.
I don't expect your average doctor to understand the value of this information and it's inevitable misuses, but anyone that claims to be an IT professional should see this immediately, or they can't claim to be both within IT and a professional. A professional moron that answers helpdesk calls all day perhaps, but not a professional that understands anything about databases and their potential for abuse.
The whole medical records thing neatly side steps any Data Protection Act tom foolery, and in a country run by Tories, with wet dreams private health insurance, you can be sure such a database system will be nicely packed with all kinds of interesting financial information.
You might like to think medical database and therefore illegal to sell, but I guarantee that any information that isn't legally shareable will be stored in conveniently separate databases, suitably linked but easily filtered from the salable package.