Experts urge overhaul of health privacy rules

Will Dunham reports:

Current government rules do too little to protect the privacy of people’s personal health information and also hinder the use of health data in medical research, a panel of experts reported on Wednesday.

A committee of the Institute of Medicine, which provides advice to U.S. policymakers, urged Congress to take an entirely new approach to protecting personal health data in research.

Federal standards for protecting privacy of personal health data under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, or HIPAA, are not doing the job, the panel said.

Congress and the Obama administration are planning major changes this year to the U.S. health care system. Regarding the privacy rules, Congress should either start from scratch or thoroughly overall HIPAA’s privacy provisions, the panel said.

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  1. Anonymous - February 23, 2009

    My personal information (Name, Date, SS#) was open faced on a floor, and HIPAA as well as Civil Right did nothing.

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