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Study Analyzes Healthcare Privacy Laws

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S. & EU

October 27, 2011

A new study comparing U.S. and EU healthcare privacy law has been released by the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, Newswise reports. The study, co-authored by Prof. Janine Hiller, also examines the pros and cons of electronic health records (EHRs) and the ability of U.S. laws to address privacy risks and concerns. Hiller said, "EU countries have adopted electronic health records and systems...and legally protected privacy at the same time," and if the U.S. strengthened the legal and technical protections around EHRs, then risks would be minimized and public concern assuaged. The U.S. legal framework, she said, is "a hodgepodge of constitutional, statutory and regulatory law at the federal and state levels," and Americans "have no real control over the collection of sensitive medical information if they want to be treated."
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