Class Action Suit: Stimulus Act and health privacy
Over in the UK, there are are similar issues about allowing people to opt-out of an electronic system. I’m almost surprised that this is the first lawsuit I’ve seen here.
The Stimulus Act signed into law by President Obama jeopardizes the privacy rights of the 65 percent of Americans who aren’t on Medicaid or Medicare by requiring health-care providers to create an electronic health record of every person in the United States, a class action claims in Federal Court.
Because Title XIII of the Stimulus Act aims to have everyone’s medical histories in the system by 2014, their personal health information would be a “mouse click away from being accessible to an intruder,” according to lead plaintiff Beatrice M. Heghmann, a health-care professional who has never been covered by Medicare and Medicaid.
Heghmann sued Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, White House Office of Health Reform Director Nancy-Ann Deparle and Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Charlene Frizzera.
Read more in Courthouse News.