General data protection regulation (GDPR) in healthcare: Hot topics and research fronts

Farhad Fatehi, Farkhondeh Hassandoust, Ryan K.L. Ko, Saeed Akhlaghpour

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General Data Protection Regulation came into effect across the European Union in May 2018 but its implications in healthcare are yet to be fully understood. The aim of this study was to identify the fronts and hot topics in research on GDPR in healthcare. We analyzed the relevant records in Scopus through bibliometric and scientometric approach and visualization techniques. A set of 155 records was obtained and processed for co-occurrence analysis of key terms and concept mapping. The number of published papers showed a steep rise in the past two years, mainly by European countries. Analysis of the abstract of the papers showed that data protection, privacy, and big data were the most frequently used terms. Three dominant research fronts of GDPR are 1) general implications of GDPR, 2) technology aspects of GDPR, and 3) GDPR in healthcare service. Blockchain and machine learning are among the remerging topics of GDPR research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Personalized Health and Medicine
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of MIE 2020
EditorsLouise B. Pape-Haugaard, Christian Lovis, Inge Cort Madsen, Patrick Weber, Per Hostrup Nielsen, Philip Scott
Place of PublicationAmsterdam, Netherlands
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781643680835
ISBN (Print)9781643680828
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
EventMedical Informatics in Europe Conference (MIE) 2020 - Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 28 Apr 20201 May 2020
Conference number: 30th

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


ConferenceMedical Informatics in Europe Conference (MIE) 2020
Abbreviated titleMIE 2020


  • Bibliometrics
  • GDPR
  • General Data Protection Regulation
  • Scientometrics

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