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Public Opinion Shows Concern About ONC Data Project

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

April 1, 2010

David Blumenthal of the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology is asserting that the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) is not a "Trojan Horse" to funnel patient data to government agencies, Modern Healthcare reports. Blumenthal referred to speculation about whether NIEM "might make it inevitable" that data is transmittable "to the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the CIA, the NSA--I don't know where else," the report states. However, a recent survey indicates Americans do not trust the government with their medical information. According to the results of a Ponemon Institute survey of 883 adults, only 23 percent responded that they trust the federal government to protect the privacy of their health records. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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