Wednesday, April 29, 2009

More than just google

In response to the Consumer Watch article: "U.S. Senate Records Reveal Google Inc. Lobbying Campaign On Personal Medical Records Law Despite Internet Giant's Denials"

This story is of interest because the public has no idea which corporations lobbied against their privacy rights in the stimulus bill or how much was spent overall to try to eliminate health privacy.

The focus on Google alone is misleading and actually distracts from the real work of informing the public about the major health-related industries that have long opposed Americans' privacy rights. The real question is which other industry giants that are not household names lobbied against privacy?

The total lobbying money spent by the massive secret health data mining industry, insurers, hospitals, and big Pharma to oppose Americans' rights to privacy far exceeds Google's lobbying expenses.

If we don’t know who all the culprits are, we can't stop them and restore privacy.

The most dangerous enemies of privacy are the ones we don’t know about.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Is not just celebs who need strong security and privacy for PHI

'Smart' EHR software designed for security, privacy, and compliance with the law and ethics, would allow only those who have your informed consent to access your records. Staff and employees who carry out the orders of your attending physician could access your records under the informed consent you give your physician, by electronically affirming they are part of your treatment team. Instead of primitive, legacy EHR systems that allow 10,000 hospital staffers or employees access to your records, in a 'smart' EHR system only the 100 or so directly involved in your treatment could get into your PHI, preventing 9,900 snoopers' eyes from seeing anything.

Is not just celebs who need strong security and privacy for PHI--what about women whose abusers work for hospitals? What about all the minor local celebs? Do you want your nosy neighbor who is a clerk to be able to read your records?

Stepping up employee snooping via retroactive audits is EXTREMELY expensive (major hospitals have to have large technical staffs to be able to audits millions of accesses looking for those that should not have occurred). 'Smart' consent technologies exist. Retroactive audits for improper access are like looking for needles in a haystack UNLESS you are Nadya Suleman or some other celebrity whose EHR is being actively watched. Why not keep the horses from getting out of the barn in the first place?

Refer to COMPUTERWORLD story: "Kaiser fires 15 workers for snooping in octuplet mom's medical records".