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Maine Bill Proposes to Make EMR Program Opt In

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

April 14, 2011

Maine's electronic medical records system, HealthInfoNet, contains 900,000 citizens' medical records and requires citizens to opt out of being included in the database, a function that two legislators are trying to change. They have proposed a bill to make the system opt-in, saying it would encourage doctors and patients to talk about the network and give patients more control over their information. The bill has the support of the Maine ACLU and privacy advocates, but MPBN reports that HealthInfoNet Executive Director Devore Culver says an opt-in system won't bring in the "critical mass" needed to make it effective. Culver says the discussion shouldn't be about opt-in versus opt-out but about patient education.
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