Monday, April 03, 2006

US coalition calls for stronger privacy protection along with electronic health records

A coalition of privacy and civil liberties groups is calling for stronger privacy protection as the US moves closer to electronic medical records:

Pogo Was Right - We have met the enemy, and he is us!:

Congress is moving to create a national electronic health record system, and groups, including EPIC, ACLU, American Conservative Union, and Patient Privacy Rights, are urging lawmakers to build privacy safeguards into this system. National research has shown that Americans will avoid treatment, omit critical medical data and delay care if they are compelled to share sensitive medical data without strong privacy protections. A press conference (pdf) about the issue will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday April 5 at Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Source - EPIC

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