The Candidates and Privacy of Your Health Records: Overview

In an Op-Ed in the NY Times today, Jeffrey Rosen offers his opinion on Clinton vs. Obama in terms of civil liberties and privacy. In his piece, he mentions some of Clinton’s speeches on privacy, but questions her approach. He suggests that Obama might be better — even though Rosen did not cite a...

KS: Patient privacy must prevail in records sweep (Editorial)

Johnson County District Attorney Phil Kline is spending a great deal of time trying to obtain information about former patients of the Overland Park Planned Parenthood clinic. The information is contained in records that women patients rightfully expected would remain confidential. Kline’s demands have gone beyond what a special counsel and a judge have...

Google Health adless; privacy backers wary

Google Inc. won’t sell ads to support a new Internet service that stores personal medical information, CEO Eric Schmidt said Thursday in the search giant’s first detailed comments about a venture that has raised privacy concerns. …The bigger problem with these online health systems, privacy advocates say, is that they aren’t covered by the...

Google Releases Health Service Details

Google Inc. will not use advertising to support its new Internet health service, CEO Eric Schmidt said Thursday in the search company’s first detailed public comments about a venture raising concerns among privacy advocates. Schmidt said the service was merely a platform for users to store their medical information. It will be an open...

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...

Federal agencies begin to build a mini-NHIN

Twenty federal agencies are moving to develop a health information exchange network with a shared connection to the Nationwide Health Information Network. Dr. Robert Kolodner, national coordinator for health information technology, announced the effort, known as the NHIN-Connect Gateway or NHIN-C, at the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society conference in Orlando, Fla. Read More...

Healthcare organizations feeling cyberattacks growing

Healthcare organizations feel under increasing attack from the Internet, while security incidents involving insiders and disappearing laptops with sensitive data are piling up. On top of that, there’s now the prospect of a surprise audit from the federal government agency in charge of overseeing the HIPAA security and privacy rules. Healthcare organizations are stepping...

AT&T teams with Tenn. on medical info exchange

AT&T is partnering with Tennessee to provide the country’s first statewide system to electronically exchange patient medical information, the telecommunications company said Monday. The system is designed to securely transmit detailed patient information between medical professionals. It will allow doctors to access medical histories, prescribe medicines over the Internet and transfer images like X-rays,...

Privacy group aims for model state law in 2009

A multi-state collaborative seeking ways to align its health information privacy rules to make it easier to share data across health information exchanges is aiming for a demonstration law that states could use as a model in 2009. The target for the Harmonizing State Privacy Law Collaborative (HSPLC) this year is to develop a...