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Illinois: Repeal of act requiring students to report their HIV status defeated

Meagan Sexton writes: The Illinois House on Tuesday rejected legislation that would repeal the state’s Communicable Disease Prevention Act, which requires students to report their HIV status to principals. The legislation attracted 43 “yes” votes and 62 “no” votes. House Bill 4314 was an attempt to repeal the existing law that permits a school...

Minnesota: Legislation would open up adoption records

People who were adopted would have access to their original birth certificate under a bill that’s been introduced to the Minnesota legislature. The access would allow people who were adopted to find out the names of their birth parents. The bill is facing opposition by some adoption agencies, because some birth parents may not...

Health records shared online pose dilemma

Keith Darcé writes in the Union-Tribune: After being diagnosed with Lyme disease, former Amazon.com senior executive Keith Schorsch wanted to find others dealing with the illness, and he thought the Internet could help him make those connections. The experience led to the recent launch of Trusera, a Web site that lets people record and...

Medical groups launch e-prescribing Web site

Five doctors organizations have launched a Web site and campaign designed to persuade physicians to switch from paper-based prescriptions of medications to electronic prescribing. The Get Connected campaign, along with the GetRxConnected.com Web site, are focused on helping doctors move from prescriptions written on paper pads or entered into a computer and faxed to...

Online Medical Records and Security

Since we’re all so excited at the prospect of putting medical records online, can we talk, for a moment, about security? A techie friend of mine told me recently about a nefarious site that somehow manages to mimic whatever site you think you’re going to — a shadow jcrew.com, for example, or a shadow...