CCHC Refutes Today's MEDNET USA Press Release:

MEDNET USA's Linking of Private Patient Data to National Health Information Network is a Violation of Privacy and Data Control Rights

CCHC says Patient Consent should be Required

Minneapolis/Saint Paul - In response to today's announcement by Minneapolis-based MEDNET USA Inc., Citizens' Council on Health Care says the plan to link private patient data without consent to the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) is a violation of patient privacy and individual data control rights.

"Patient data is private data. No patient's private medical and mental health should be placed online and made electronically available nationwide without that patient's informed written consent," says Twila Brase, president of CCHC.

The controversial Record Locator Service (RLS) approved by the 2007 legislature, despite CCHC's opposition is being used by MEDNET USA to facilitate the linkage to the NHIN. The bill passed last year without consent requirements, despite bipartisan support for a proposed consent amendment.

"Last year's legislature violated patient rights, and the results of that decision is becoming clear," says Brase. "By creating the Record Locator Service and refusing to require patient consent for sharing of data, the legislature eliminated the right of patients to keep the location of their medical records off-line and private, and thereby eliminating the right of patients to know where their private medical data is going, who's seeing it, and what's being done with it."

According to CCHC, the law allows everyone from the doctor to the pharmacist to the dentist to the HMO and laboratory to send private medical information to the RLS without patient consent

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