Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom Says Americans’ Private Health Data is Already at Risk and Forced Interoperability Will Make Gaining Access Even Easier
ST. PAUL, Minn.—One lawmaker is pushing for a bill that will require all Electronic Health Records (EHRs) in the country to work together and be able to communicate from system to system.
ST. PAUL, Minn.—Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org) wants parents of newborns in Minnesota to know that they aren’t the only ones who know their babies intimately.
The Minnesota House of Representatives Civil Law and Data Practices Committee, held an informational hearing to learn more about protecting patients’ health information in the state.
The morning’s presentation, titled “Protecting Medical Privacy in Minnesota,” included testimony by CCHF on protecting patients’ rights and data and the threats to Minnesota’s current privacy protections as a result of efforts to repeal the state’s privacy law by requiring the state to conform to HIPAA.
Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom Releases New Report on Newborn Data Collection; Says Birth Certificates and Newborn DNA Storage Pose Double Threat
ST. PAUL, Minn.—There’s something expectant parents should know about the private, sensitive information being shared at the hospital at the time of their baby’s birth.
I hereby petition the Minnesota Legislature and Governor Dayton to give me and my doctor a choice to protect privacy and autonomy by REPEALING the Minnesota EHR Mandate Law.
ST. PAUL, Minn.—The birth of a baby is a joyous time, filled with activity, questions from new parents and lots of information sharing—especially at the hospital.
But during that somewhat stressful time, precious private information about these new little lives will be shared with countless others, through a seemingly harmless document—the birth certificate.
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, recently released a new report, called “Not Just a Birth Certificate: How states use birth certificates to collect data, conduct research and warehouse electronic health information.”
Should the EHR be blamed? After a Texas hospital let Liberian Thomas Duncan go home (with Ebola), hospital officials blamed the electronic health record (EHR). A day later, they retracted their statement -- without explanation.
The report is in. Our "Obamacare: Making Repeal a Reality" event got rave reviews. One attendee said it had a "great vibe." She described it as "fun and relaxed and important."
On September 11th, we not only raised funds for our 2015 efforts, we also celebrated CCHF's 20th anniversary with Fox New All-Star Stephen Hayes as keynote speaker. Sprinkling humor throughout his presentation, he shared important insights.
Electronic health records (EHRs) are the foundation of Obamacare. The 2009 HITECH Act (part of the Recovery Act, or ARRA) mandated government-certified interoperable EHRs and provided up to $36.5 billion to subsidize the cost of initial computerization. Already $24.8 million has been spent.