Patient Privacy

 

 

 

United HealthCare (UHC) and Medical Confidentiality

Portions of Testimony by David S. Miller, Director, Health System Services, UHC, on the Unique Patient Identification Number at the National Committee on Vital Health Statistics hearing in Chicago, July 21, 1998

Testimony on Unique Patient Identifiers

We cannot support the implementation of standardized government-issued unique patient identifiers for individuals. Despite the fact that Congress passed the HIPAA law, this enumeration and surveillance system will clearly be detrimental to the liberty, privacy, and security of every United States citizen. Not only will this surveillance system allow government officials to use doctors to track citizens at their most vulnerable times when they have no where else to go...

Portion of Testimony from Chris Chute of the Mayo Foundation

Database Integration

Integration of Databases Nationwide

Immunization Registries

Total of 122 medical clinics currently participating (about 16% of the state's total clinics that provide childhood immunization) according to the Minnesota Health Department on June 1, 1998.

Testimony on Immunization Registries

No one who is under mandatory government surveillance is free. Privacy is quintessential to freedom. If we wish to preserve the freedom that has made our nation great and has beckoned people from every nation who have been persecuted and pursued by their own governments, then we must not strive to emulate the countries which they, and many of our forefathers, left.

CCHF Opposes National Provider Indentification Number (ID)

We seek more informaiton on the NPI number and enforcement, and do not support mandatory enumeration of all providers, the proposed broad data collection that goes well beyond identification, the violation of statute regarding security of information exchanged, the addition of two transactions, the waiver proposal, or the central registry option.

Minnesota "Smart card" Defeated in 1997

Infant Home Visiting

Instead of a National Patient ID Number...

The new nationwide index could save lives, prevent fraud, and lower costs Columbia, Md.-based Sequoia Software Corporation earlier this month won a multi-million dollar federal research and development grant to develop a national Master Patient Index (MPI) that would link patient records throughout the country.