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HIT Workgroup Discusses Privacy Concerns

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

March 12, 2010

The Health IT Policy Committee's Strategic Planning Workgroup is debating how to balance privacy concerns with improved healthcare, InformationWeek reports. Patricia Brennan of the University of Wisconsin described the group's work so far as "very restrictive" in terms of data exchange. Don Detmer, retired president and CEO of the American Medical Informatics Association, said the workgroup "should not force privacy to be more important than health." Dr. Steve Stack of the American Medical Association Board of Trustees, however, said a presentation by Dan Ariely gave him the perspective that for the initiative to work, "preserving our rights, liberties and freedoms is essential." Ariely will be a keynote speaker at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit in April.
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