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Patient Privacy and Health IT


In this Health Affairs perspective, Michael D. Greenberg, M. Susan Ridgely and Richard J. Hillestad examine patient privacy issues in the context of the Nationwide Health Information Network:

In 2009, privacy continues to be a major driver of health care policy, in the shadow of the emerging national network. We suggest that the current framework of privacy laws is fundamentally ill-suited for regulating a transformed health care system, in which computer networks begin to supersede conventional communications.

How do we balance the push toward an interoperable, accessible health IT system with the protection of patient privacy?  Who should have primary responsibility for protecting patient information?

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