Patient Privacy

 

 

 

Birth Defects Prevention Act

What Privacy?

The federal medical privacy rule went into effect on April 14, 2003. There is no reason to celebrate. Despite the flurry of privacy notices and the irksome new obstacles to normal patient-doctor interactions, private medical records have not been protected from peering eyes. Instead, the federal government has authorized 600,000 clinics, hospitals, insurers and data processing companies to dig deep into the private lives of more than 280 million individuals. And for the most part, patients won't even be allowed to know who's doing the digging.