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Maine Law Allows Opt Out of EMRs

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

June 10, 2011

Forbes reports on a new law in Maine that will give two-thirds of its citizens the choice to opt out of the state's electronic medical records program. The HealthInfoNet database contains citizens' full medical records in order to enable medical providers to share data. The bill strikes a compromise between those concerned about patients being enrolled in the database without their knowledge and those who seek to expand its scope. In April, groups debated a bill to make the system opt-in; supporters said it would give patients more control over data, but opponents were concerned about getting enough patients to opt in to make the system effective.
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