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Legislators Seek Change to EHR Sharing Program

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

April 22, 2011

FierceEMR reports on the patient advocate, medical provider and Maine Civil Liberties Union (MCLU) concerns about Maine's statewide HealthInfoNet. The electronic medical records system contains 900,000 citizens' medical records, but advocates say many patients don't know that they are enrolled in the system, which now requires a patient to opt out. State Sen. Roger Katz (R-Kennebec) is co-sponsoring a bill that would make the system opt-in, allowing for "a patient's right to control what happens to their highly personal medical information." A survey of 199 health information exchange programs found that 81 percent have an opt-out policy.
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