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National Health Database: Good Medicine Or Privacy Nightmare?
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Alison_Diana
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8/26/2014 | 3:46:51 PM
Re: Consider the source
Not every organization that wants to do away with ACA is filled with wingnuts. This group does. however, seem to have its share of conspiracy theories but on the other hand, it makes logical sense that we are moving toward a time when all state's HIX networks will interconnect and either become one database (unlikely) or accessible from anywhere in the country (very likely, IMHO). The ONC said as much and some privacy advocates are concerned -- which has some merit, i think. I do, however, believe the benefits far outweigh any risks. Any time there's change, especially change regarding storage and access to personal information, you're going to have a hue and cry and lots of worry. That's a good thing. It helps stop worst-case scenarios, I think!

Last year a friend had a stroke while driving solo in California, far from his east coast home. It took EMTs forever to figure out his medical information because he couldn't talk (he has, thankfully, improved since then). Had they been able to simply plug in his name and DOB or license info and learn his conditions, treatment would have been faster -- and better. 
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8/26/2014 | 3:39:03 PM
Safety and security

While I see the benefits of such a system the issues around privacy and security are tremendous. Having universal access to medical record by thousands of medical professionals is great but also very dangerous. It's currently happening at the drugstore clinics like Walgreens and CVS without many even knowing that their medical records are available in their local drugstore. There is so much sensitive data in a patient's medical records the access at so many points is still unnerving.

Lorna Garey
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8/26/2014 | 3:36:11 PM
Consider the source
This "Citizens' Council for Health Freedom" is nothing more than a front for factions that want to undo the ACA. They probably also worry about alien abductions and Sharia law being established in Iowa. 
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