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Advocates: EHRs Are Not Very Private

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

October 7, 2010

FORTUNE Magazine reports on widespread concerns about researchers' access to health records under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as the move to all-digital health records continues. "Researchers have very broad access rights to healthcare records under HIPAA," noted Pam Dixon of the World Privacy Forum. Privacy advocates are concerned that in the push for digitized health records, not all information is being sufficiently protected. The Texas Department of State Health Services, for one, has been selling "de-identified" patient data to research groups, the report states, but experts are cautioning that there are many ways to cross-reference that information to determine patient identity.
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