Privacy rights groups debate patient consent issues in EHRs

09/21/2009 | Government Health IT magazine

Patients' medical information would be better protected if patients could consent to each data-sharing request, Deborah Peel of the Patients Privacy Rights group said during a recent Health IT Policy Committee hearing. "It's going to be easy to get continuous consent in this day and age with mobile technology and consent management systems," she said. Deven McGraw of the Center for Democracy and Technology took a different stance, saying that reliance on continuous patient consent "relieves the holder of the data from establishing privacy protections" and "puts the burden on the consumer."

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