EPIC Urges Congress to Safeguard Medical Privacy
In response to a request from Congressman Edward Markey, EPIC recommended strong medical privacy safeguards in a bill that would establish a national framework for electronic health records. EPIC commended Congress for raising the vital issues implicated by digital health records, and recommended effective and meaningful privacy safeguards for consumersâ€™ personal medical information. EPIC detailed the privacy threats posed by electronic medical records, and recommended that Congress: recognize Americansâ€™ right to the privacy of their personal health information; provide enhanced protections for especially sensitive medical information; give patients the right to sue if their medical privacy is beached; and require commonsense security measures. For more, see EPIC’s page on medical privacy.