Navigation Links
Final Economic Stimulus Bill Permits Americans' Personal Health Information to Be Sold for Research and Public Health Purposes WITHOUT Patients' Consent
Date:2/13/2009

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The final economic stimulus bill permits Americans' personal health information to be exchanged and sold -- without patients' consent -- for research and public-health purposes, warns the Institute for Health Freedom (Washington, DC) and Citizens' Council on Health Care (Saint Paul, MN).

The bill also mandates the plan for each American to have a single electronic health record by 2014, without opt-out or patient consent provisions.

"This bill is very misleading because while it promises to outlaw the selling of data, the exceptions to the rule are huge and allow Americans' personal health data to be exchanged and sold for research and public-health purposes without patients' consent," says Sue Blevins, president of the Institute for Health Freedom.

"This is a historical and unbelievable assault on the privacy rights of all Americans. Personal health information should not be exchanged and sold for research and public-health surveillance without patients' consent," stresses Twila Brase, president of Citizens' Council on Health Care. "Patient data belongs to the patient. A pocket full of cash should not undo a patient's right to protect their medical privacy."

Blevins adds, "Most Americans have no idea that the so-called HIPAA privacy rule doesn't give patients the freedom to give or withhold consent before their personal health information can be shared with others for many purposes. Digitizing people's health records combined with allowing researchers and public-health officials to buy their data from doctors and health plans is going to pave the way for unconsented research on millions of Americans."

These privacy advocates urge all Americans and policymakers to carefully examine the Final Conference Report, Part A on the economic stimulus bill, pdf page 296 (p. 11) and pdf pages 391-395 (pp. 106-110).

For more information, visit the websites of the Institute for Health Freedom (www.ForHealthFreedom.org) and Citizens' Council on Health Care (www.cchconline.org).

CONTACT: Sue Blevins, (202) 429-6610; Twila Brase, (651) 646-8935


'/>"/>
SOURCE Institute for Health Freedom
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. The NBA Teams up With Body By Milk to Challenge Teenagers to Get Fit By Finals
2. OmniPod(R) Insulin Management System Selected as a Finalist for the 2009 Edison Best New Product Awards(TM)
3. Samplify Systems SAM1600 Family of Analog/Digital Converters Named Finalist in EDN Magazines 19th Annual Innovation Awards
4. Final House Vote on SCHIP Delivers Peace of Mind to Americas Families
5. American Idol Former Finalist, Brooke White, Helps Teens Cast Flu Prevention Vote
6. AMDL, Inc. Announces Final Closing of Private Placement of Senior Notes
7. QLT announces final results of tender offer
8. Mylan Receives Final FDA Approvals for Generic Versions of Lamictal(R) Tablets and Lamictal(R) CD
9. Best Selling Weight Loss Expert Finally Answers The Question: Can You Achieve Permanent Fat Loss By Eating More and Exercising Less?
10. Mylan Receives Final FDA Approval for Generic Version of Prilosec(R) Delayed-Release Capsules, 40 mg
11. Maggie O'Hara Named as a Finalist in Connecticut Technology Council's Women of Innovation Awards Program
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... symplrTM, a ... solutions, today announced that Kyle Allain has joined the company as Vice President ... and operations, including provider, payor and managed care solutions. , A seasoned ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... In 2017, ... diagnosed globally; approximately 25,000 of them will be malignant.(1) As research into precision ... type of healthcare model in the diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors. Healthcare ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... Rod Burkett, CEO of Gardant Management ... , Rod has been at the forefront of Gardant since it was founded in ... has overseen the opening of more than 40 new senior living communities. With his ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... As a former supermodel known for her timeless ... news for single women is that she put all the words in her new ... Joan's insight, personal experiences and sparkling sense of humor have inspired her to write ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... Labs ... makes it difficult for lab operators and management to assess these processes with ... identify wasteful or unnecessary actions. , Created with the help of both ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/24/2017)... 24, 2017 Solentim, the developer of ... addition of a major new product line called ... The VIPS has been developed for automatically seeding ... as part of the process to generate clonally-derived ... and more reliable solution when compared to traditional ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... , April 20, 2017  Cogentix Medical, ... focused on providing the Urology, Uro/Gyn and Gynecology ... that Ash Keswani has joined the Company as ... this newly created position, Mr. Keswani will report ... CEO. "Our organization is delighted that ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... WARSAW, Ind. , April 20, 2017  Zimmer ... leader in musculoskeletal healthcare, today announced that it will ... Health Care Conference at the InterContinental Hotel in ... 2017.  Zimmer Biomet will present at 11:20 a.m. Eastern ... can be accessed via Zimmer Biomet,s Investor Relations website ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: