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Privacy Issues with the Affordable Care Act

People were shocked and outraged to learn their government has been collecting phone records, accessing Facebook and checking out Internet access searches without their knowledge.   What will they say when they learn hitherto private information including medical histories will be exposed and vulnerable under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) now that it’s beginning its full […]

Personal Health Record Tools

In the previous entry, Personal Health Records in Your Future, we pointed out the benefits of maintaining your own medical records. The personal health record (PHR) you would put together would be an invaluable compilation of your medical history across all the health providers you interact with.   Once filled out, it would give you and […]

Personal Health Records in Your Future

In the previous blogs about medical records, we’ve pointed out that medical providers, by law, are required to replace paper-based patient records with electronic medical records (EMR) by 2015.  This computer-based format will pave the way eventually for a health information exchange (HIE), allowing all health providers to share a patient’s medical records.  This won’t […]

Part 3: How to Protect Your Medical Records

In our previous blog about Electronic Medical Record Concerns, we noted that using electronic medical records results in better care and saved lives primarily because the medical information is so easily accessible.  However, this also makes these records accessible to more people and increases the likelihood of misuse.  Consequently,  people are concerned with loss of […]

Part 2: Concerns About Electronic Medical Records

Previously, we wrote that, by law, paper-based patient medical records kept by health providers are being replaced by electronic medical records.  All medical facilities must make significant steps in that direction by 2015 or face penalties.  But what about us patients?  How will electronic medical records affect us? First, a short summary:  Electronic Medical Records, […]

Part 1: Is Your Doctor Using Electronic Medical Records?

Does your doctor walk into the examining room with a folder with your name on the tab,   stuffed with odd bits of paper, hand-written notes, old forms and ragged-edged test results?   If so, he or she has until 2015 to move all that information to an electronic medical record (EMR) or face financial penalties. EMR […]

Prescription Record Privacy Act

California State Assemblyman Bill Monning recently introduced Assembly Bill 2112 that prohibits pharmaceutical companies, data mining firms, and others, from obtain information from doctors about which prescription drugs they are using to treat patients. The bill goes before the Assembly’s Committee on Health today and is modeled after a New Hampshire Law. The Confidentiality of […]


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