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Monday, March 21, 2005

Medical Records Safe from prying eyes?

Philadelphia Inquirer | 03/21/2005 | Editorial | Medical Records Safe from prying eyes?: "How can any regulation be called a 'privacy rule' when it permits sharing Americans' most personal medical information with 800,000 or so health, business and government entities?
Even a hospital gown offers more privacy, and this widespread access to medical records should leave patients with a different sort of chill running up the spine. How can they be open about their medical needs if traditional doctor-patient confidentiality has been eroded?
Medical privacy rules put in place in 2003 under HIPPA - the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 - can make it harder to send someone flowers in the hospital, or check on their condition, than limit access to patient records."


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