AMA: Government must not trade privacy for efficiency

Healthcare IT News

Kat Jercich

As the federal government pushes for streamlined information-sharing among healthcare providers, it may face a major hurdle: what patients want. Recent polling has shown that many consumers are wary of sharing their health data and have serious privacy concerns around technology companies that handle it.

The American Medical Association issued new privacy principles supporting the rights of patients to control, access and delete their personal information.

"Patients’ confidence in the privacy and security of their data has been shaken by repeated technology-sector scandals and the wired economy’s default business model that quietly gathers intimate glimpses into private lives – often without...

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