Medical Record and Data Protection

Under the Directive 2011/24/EU and the transposition national Law, when you are treated, your healthcare provider must make a medical record of the treatment provided. As a patient, you have the right to a copy of the medical record in order to secure continuity of care and be treated by a doctor of your choice, also if you continue treatment in another member state. You are entitled to access your personal health data i.e. information on diagnoses, medical test results, evaluations of attending doctors and any treatment or surgical operation you have undergone.

Great importance is attached to the protection of personal data all over Europe, and hence also in Greece. The right to the protection of personal data is founded on the constitutional rights of respect of the individual person and his privacy. The legal framework is provided with Law 2472/1997 on the protection of personal data, which is monitored and regulated by the Hellenic Data Protection Authority and also Law 3471/2006 on the protection of personal data in e-communication.

In addition to the data protection Laws , professional secrecy and the obligation of confidentiality that are prescribed in the Code of Medical Professional Conduct and the Code of Pharmacists Professional Conduct are also intended to ensure that patients’ data are protected.

Thus, the collection, processing and use of personal data (collection and storage, alteration, transmission, blockage and deletion) is only permitted within the legal framework – or if the individual patient has expressed consent after having been precisely informed. Certain infringements of the respective laws may incur administrative and criminal sanctions. The matter of civil liability and the right to compensation is also regulated by law.