Electronic Health Records, Privacy, and Surveillance

Recent revelations of secret government surveillance programs have many medical practitioners on edge about the data they effectively are turning over to the government in the form of electronic health records (EHR). Although I am not aware of any sinister or misguided uses of the vast amounts of information that we submit to just a few clearinghouses (silos of health information) , and although the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) affords notable protections for most private information, accidental breaches of patient privacy have occurred

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