The CBS Early Show recently had a segment on the privacy of medical record data.
And your doctor may not be the only one looking into your records, as CBS News medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton reported on “The Early Show” in our “Somebody’s Watching You” series.
The health information technology revolution, Ashton said, began under the Bush Administration and has continued under President Obama with the goal of having the medical records of every American on a computer, as opposed to a shelf in the office of your primary care provider.
The goal, Ashton said, is to provide more efficient health care services, but protecting a patient’s privacy is proving to be a challenge. […]
President Obama has said that he hopes to computerize all of America’s medical records within five years. And to get that national network of patient records started, Obama added $20 billion to the Stimulus Bill.
Deborah Peel, a psychiatrist is the founder of Patient Privacy Rights, a patient privacy advocacy group.
She says, “The key to the success of electronic health records is patients control who can see their information. … We have no control over who can see our electronic health records. None.”
Elizabeth Page, a patient whose information was kept at the University of North Carolina (which had a security breach exposing the data of about 160,000 women) said, “The patient does not have the right to control who sees their information and when. It’s very important that we recognize that should be a basic right in the United States.”