Health Surveillance

NewCCH Freedom Testifies on Three Ways to Protect Medical Privacy at House Committee Hearing 

CCH Freedom Testifies on Three Ways to Protect Medical Privacy at House Committee Hearing 

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.

NewThe Scary Truth Behind Birth Certificates

The Scary Truth Behind Birth Certificates

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.

NewCITIZEN PETITION to REPEAL MN Electronic Health Record Mandate

CITIZEN PETITION to REPEAL MN Electronic Health Record Mandate

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.

NewBirth Certificates Are a Data-Collection Vehicle for the Government

Birth Certificates Are a Data-Collection Vehicle for the Government

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.

NewProfiled from Birth, Vol. 1: Not Just a Birth Certificate

Profiled from Birth, Vol. 1: Not Just a 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.” 

NewCheckboxes, Ebola, and Embedding the EHR

Checkboxes, Ebola, and Embedding the EHR

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.

NewThere is Reason for Optimism

There is Reason for Optimism

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.

NewHow Obama Will Control Doctors

How Obama Will Control Doctors

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.

New10-Year Government Plan Will Share Private Patient Data

10-Year Government Plan Will Share Private Patient Data

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Earlier this summer, government health IT coordinators announced the formation of a 10-year electronic health records (EHR) interoperability plan that will allow even more government agencies access to Americans’ private medical data—all in the name of better patient care.

NewHHS Awards States $106 Million in Grants for Thinly Veiled Data Collection Initiative

HHS Awards States $106 Million in Grants for Thinly Veiled Data Collection Initiative
Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom: Government Planning to Visit Homes of Babies and Toddlers, But to What End? 
ST. PAUL, Minn.—Through an Obamacare initiative, Health and Human Services recently announced that it will award $106.7 million in grants to 46 states to support an early childhood home visitation program.