Health IT

What Happens When EHRs Go Dark? 

What Happens When EHRs Go Dark? 

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Imagine yourself in the hospital ICU and suddenly the entire Electronic Health Record (EHR) system shuts down. Now, as far as the hospital is concerned, you have no medical history—with nurses unable to see the course of action the doctor ordered for you, your vital signs, past medications or scheduled surgeries. What’s more, your contact and personal information has been wiped out as well.

CVS-IBM Partnership Attempts to Use Patient Data to Predict Health Outcomes

CVS-IBM Partnership Attempts to Use Patient Data to Predict Health Outcomes

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.

Imagine What Hackers Could Do with a National Patient ID

Imagine What Hackers Could Do  with a National Patient ID

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.

Chief Health IT Executives Push for National Patient ID System

Chief Health IT Executives Push for National Patient ID System
In a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) wrote the following:  "We must first acknowledge that the lack of a consistent patient identity matching strategy is the most significant challenge inhibiting the safe and secure electronic exchange of health information. …"
 

Huge Hack Shows Vulnerability of Electronic Health Records

Huge Hack Shows Vulnerability of Electronic Health Records

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.

MN Senate and House Pass Bill with EHR Amendment That Will Free Some Doctors From Intrusive and Expensive EHR Systems

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.

 

Will Congress Expand Intrusion by Calling it "Research"?

Will Congress Expand Intrusion by Calling it 'Research'?

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. 

Reject Patient Research Without Consent

Reject Patient Research Without Consent

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 calling on Rep. Fred Upton, chair of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, to table proposals that will allow Americans to be used as research subjects without their consent.

ACT NOW - Stop Congress From Ending Medical Privacy!

ACT NOW - Stop Congress From Ending Medical Privacy!

A bill moving quickly in Congress will authorize millions of corporate and government outsiders to have access to private patient records for analysis and research without patient consent. The U.S. House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee will vote the week of May 18, 2015 on the 21st Century Cures Act, authored by Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). To protect your privacy and your health freedom and for a list of members to call in Congress, click Read More!

CCHF Warns Americans of Proposed National Patient Tracking System, Urges Public Comment by April 3

CCHF Warns Americans of Proposed National Patient Tracking System, Urges Public Comment by April 3

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 warning Americans of a federal plan to impose a National Medical Records System to track and analyze patient data and control doctors.