Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Concern over the Privacy of Medical Records

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Concern over the Privacy of Medical Records

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Patients are increasingly concerned about the privacy of their medical records, especially when disclosure may involve a threat to employment, difficulty in obtaining insurance, or the theft of personal identity.

There is general agreement about the ongoing need for computerization to facilitate health care delivery. Advances in improving electronic health records aimed at providing accurate and portable data are currently being spearheaded by Google Health, Kaiser Permanente, and HealthSpace.

Unfortunately, the many publicized instances of gross security lapses (including fraud and laptop theft) have created anxiety over the safety of medical records. Well-known persons are particularly vulnerable to having their records scrutinized by "peekers."

Patients become apprehensive when their records involve employment, access to their Social Security numbers and other personal information, the loss of insurance benefits, and even the ability to obtain insurance. The latter might be denied on the basis of having certain laboratory tests (e.g., tests for genetic risk of breast and ovarian cancer, such as BRCA1 and BRC A2). …

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