Hazardous to Your Privacy?
The Cleveland Clinic, the renowned nonprofit medical center, has kept electronic records of its patients for some time. But despite the easy transport of everything digital, by and large those records have been as immobile as scrawled doctor’s notes stored in manila folders. And, in their traditional form, the clinic can’t view records of patients who visit outside practitioners.
… Marc Rotenberg, head of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said companies like Google and Microsoft should not start their services until Congress extends the HIPAA protections to cover such businesses.
Obviously, Google and Microsoft think otherwise, and both companies are taking considerable pains to address privacy issues. Both have detailed privacy policies drafted after consultations with experts in the field.
Read More – Steven Levy, Washington Post