Saturday, February 18, 2006

Should Consumers of Health Care Have More Rights to Protect Their Medical Information?

This in from the HIPAA Blog and Alan Goldberg. Consumer Reports notes the benefits that having a national system of medical records in electronic format, but also warns of the privacy issues.

The Consumer Reports article has an interesting discussion and advice of what rights you (as a consumer) are signing away when you sign a Notice of Privacy Practices at your local hospital or physician. The article goes back to the age old discussion privacy advocates and health care industy experts had during the drafting of the original HIPAA privacy standards.

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