Blumenthal: NHIN Will Not Share Data With Government Agencies

iHealthBeat reports:

During a recent Health IT Standards Committee meeting, National Coordinator for Health IT David Blumenthal denied allegations that a framework for the proposed national health information network would make it easier for data to be transmitted to government agencies, such as the CIA or Department of Justice, Modern Healthcare reports.

Blumenthal said that rumors have been circulating in the blogosphere that the National Information Exchange Model, “because it is a government-developed mechanism for generating standards and implementation specifications, might make it easier for health information to be transmitted, or might make it inevitable that it is transmittable to the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the CIA, the [National Security Agency] — I don’t know where else.”

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