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VirtualHealth Technologies, Inc., Announces That Its Associate, Private Access, Will Be Partnering with Genetic Alliance To Accelerate Medical Research While Protecting Privacy
Date:8/19/2008

organization that is a Genetic Alliance network participant, explained that the partnership between Private Access and Genetic Alliance will address the current problem that maintaining patient privacy and providing access to medical records are inherently at odds. "Getting a proper resolution to this complex issue accelerates the translation of research into diagnostics and treatments," said Sharon F. Terry, President and CEO of Genetic Alliance.

"Our vision for harmonizing privacy and access through a suite of web-based software applications is ideally suited to the needs of those who suffer from chronic illness and genetic diseases," said Shelton. Explaining the unusual step of forming a partnership between a for-profit company and a not-for-profit, Terry added, "Genetic Alliance's mission is to transform health through genetics and to do so in part through novel partnerships in advocacy. Robert has run one of the disease support organizations in our network and understands the needs and issues of these organizations. Private Access has the right technology, at the right time to serve individuals, families, providers, researchers and all healthcare stakeholders dealing with genetic conditions and chronic disease. By working together, I'm convinced we can create an essential environment of trust that empowers people to be the solution."

"Our approach is to empower individuals to protect the privacy of their personal health information while simultaneously authorizing stakeholders to access to that information to find treatments to diseases quicker," said Marc D. Kirshbaum, president of Private Access. Kirshbaum further commented, "Genetic Alliance has been very successful convening diverse stakeholders - including disease-specific advocacy organizations, universities, companies, government agencies, and policy organizations - to explore and create novel partnerships to overcome the historical barriers required to reduce medical research costs and sp
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