Benefits of electronic health records will soon kill privacy

Jay Cline writes:

In five years, the privacy debate over personal health records will be over, and you and I will be storing our medical records at a central location.

Why? Because the benefits of better care and less paperwork will outweigh our current fears about data breaches and inappropriate data sharing.


So, what if you took the most hardened privacy advocates, put them in a room, and told them they had to issue the ideal privacy and security requirements for these electronic public health records (PHR) platforms? What would they say?

Judging from past statements, I think their concerns would mirror the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor principles.

But the advocates would also say that any PHR platform provider is, by itself, unable to ensure that data is safe and private once it leaves the platform.

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