ST. PAUL, Minn. - What’s the harm in a nationwide pharmacy chain and a giant computer company teaming up in the name of health? For patients, it means privacy intrusion and health care decisions potentially being taken out of their own hands.
City of St. Paul to Vote Tomorrow on Getting Access to ‘Entire Medical Record’ of Certain Patients at HealthPartners
ST. PAUL, Minn.—One privacy-focused health policy organization says a proposed data agreement between the City of St. Paul and HealthPartners may violate patients’ rights to give or deny access to their medical records and will put patients’ private medical data at risk.
Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom Says a National Patient ID System Will Put Patients’ Personal Medical Information at Risk
ST. PAUL, Minn.—The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently announced the disastrous impact of a massive data breach that affected millions of Americans, stating that 21.5 million people, both inside and outside the government, had their personal information stolen, reported CNN and ABC.
ST. PAUL, Minn.—Twila Brase, president and co-founder of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org), a national organization dedicated to preserving patient-centered health care and protecting patient and privacy rights, is a dedicated patient freedom advocate, but she’s also committed to physician freedom—especially as outside groups and government initiatives hamper their care for patients.
ST. PAUL, Minn.—Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org), a Minnesota-based national organization dedicated to preserving patient-centered health care and protecting patient and privacy rights, is urging members of the U.S. House of Representatives to vote “no” on H.R. 6—the 21st Century Cures Act.
The Chinese are hacking our medical records. As electronic health records (EHRs) and Radio Frequency ID (RFID) medical device tracking expand under federal law, America has become vulnerable as a nation. Yet Congress continues to push interoperable Health IT at a serious risk to national security.
ST. PAUL, Minn.—Theft of any kind is unsettling. But for the victims of a massive data hack, like the one allegedly recently perpetrated by China, it is especially scary, as those affected don't know how long their personal information has been compromised, what the thieves have access to or how they plan to use it.
“Why isn’t any Presidential candidate talking about it?” That’s the question I heard on the phone last week. An Ohio woman called our office incensed by a violation of privacy she’d just experienced from a health care system and incredulous that no one on the national level is talking about the extraordinary privacy violations allowed under the federal HIPAA rule.
MN Senate and House Pass Bill with EHR Amendment That Will Free Some Doctors From Intrusive and Expensive EHR Systems
ST. PAUL, Minn.—Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org), a Minnesota-based national organization dedicated to preserving patient-centered health care and protecting patient and privacy rights, is applauding Minnesota lawmakers, as both the Senate and House have passed a bill that will free some doctors from costly and intrusive Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems.
Titles of legislation often deceive. Consider H.R. 6, the “21st Century Cures Act” authored by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI). The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee meets tomorrow to advance this bipartisan bill, which will: 1) hand over your private health data to millions of corporate and government outsiders for so-called “research”; and 2) prohibit electronic health records (EHR) from interfering with such research.