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Experts Discuss Patient Privacy in Digital Era

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

January 4, 2013

In a Q&A with Government Health IT, Patient Privacy Rights Founder Deborah Peel discusses the importance of privacy in the age of Big Data, how healthcare organizations can foster patient trust and ways to improve information sharing through consent. Healthcare IT News queries whether the government is “doing enough to address and quell the privacy worries of the American people,” stating, “Depending on whom you ask, this notion of reform varies significantly.” One patient privacy rights specialist says patient consent should be the highest priority for the federal government. Meanwhile, an Indiana-based hospital has notified 29,000 patients of a data breach after a laptop containing sensitive health information was stolen.
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