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HIPAA Update Poses Tech Problems for Privacy

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

May 2, 2013

The move toward electronic health records and new federal rules set to give patients more control over their data are posing technical and administrative obstacles, The Wall Street Journal reports. One CEO of an electronic records system firm said, “The reality is, our ability to exchange electronic information is already well beyond our ability to control it.” Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Chief Information Officer John Halamka said, “It’s a technology problem and a work-flow problem and a policy problem.” Patient Privacy Rights Founder Deborah Peel said she’s concerned patients won’t be candid with their doctors over privacy fears. “Nobody knows who is using their health information and for what purpose,” she added. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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