This is privacy day and we are all concerned about our privacy, a good thing to think about, but one other thought here too, with healthcare becoming a social network too, give this some thought. We want our official medical records to be private, but what about the move now to get on the internet and discuss our health issues, good, bad and indifferent. If we want privacy, that is something to give some thought to as well, as your health issues if you have written about and posted any documents on social networks could be mined too.
It comes back around to educating the citizens of the US on how permissions can be utilized. If I were laying in an ER dying, probably the last thing on my mind at that time would be privacy, and all things are relative too. A PHR is a good option to share credible information too, as at that point we can pick and choose what we want to share and with who. Right now we have to tell and sign a form at the drug store about HIPAA that we understand it, so again, my thoughts here are to educate as there will be more and new marketing attempts to get and perhaps sell medical information everywhere on the web, and come to think of it, perhaps some of those marketing sites and services should be scrutinized a bit as well, as it certainly couldn’t hurt if we are all in the same boat for better healthcare.
Again, if one has posted all kinds of healthcare information on social networks that can be traced back, what’s the purpose of worrying about privacy in that situation, education is the key. BD
A little-discussed provision in President Obama's economic stimulus plan would demand that every American submit to a government program for electronic medical records without a choice to opt out, and it has privacy advocates more than a little alarmed.
Patients might be alarmed, too, privacy advocates said, if they realized information such as documentation on abortions, mental health problems, impotence, being labeled as a non-compliant patient, lawsuits against doctors and sexual problems could be shared electronically with, perhaps, millions of people.
Sue A. Blevins, president of the Institute for Health Freedom, said unless people have the right to decide "if and when" their health information is shared, there is no real privacy.
"President Obama has pledged to advance freedom," she said. "Therefore the freedom to choose not to participate in a national electronic health-records system must be upheld."