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Opinion: Decision Opens Medical Records To Gov't

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

July 23, 2010

Earlier this month, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that personal medical records are no longer considered "private papers" and are not protected from government searches, Bob Barr writes in a report for The Atlanta Journal Constitution. The decision "opens the door to law enforcement gaining access to personal medical records that are not themselves evidence of crimes," he writes, noting that as national efforts to move toward e-health continue, "the one provision essential to maintaining the privacy of individuals' medical records--affirming in law that the individual himself or herself is the owner of their own medical records" has yet to be put in place.
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