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Medical Records and the Digital Age

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

May 16, 2012

In a series of articles for Businessweek, Jordan Robertson explores health exchanges, medical record identity theft and the use of data mining by healthcare providers. Health information exchanges are popping up around the country, but "a gap in federal law" allows states to enact their own rules regarding consent and choice. Additionally, Robertson writes that medical records provide a treasure trove of personal information for data thieves--"that's one reason why medical providers are breached more than any other type of organization." Meanwhile, hospitals are employing data-mining techniques to help diagnose patients.
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