Health Surveillance

Minnesota Restricts Long-term Storage of Patient Prescription Data

Minnesota Restricts Long-term Storage of Patient Prescription Data

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A major change to Minnesota’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) took place on January 1, 2020. The Minnesota Board of Pharmacy will no longer have access to four years of identifiable patient prescription data, which it had been using for research without patient consent. Going forward, the board will have diminishing amounts of data available for analysis and research. By 2022, only the past 12 months of patient prescription data will be stored, on a rolling basis.

Contact Congress About 3 Critical Health Care Issues While They Are Home for Recess

Contact Congress About 3 Critical Health Care Issues While They Are Home for Recess

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Even though Congress could be called back from the August recess to address gun measures after the devastating shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) is urging state residents to contact their U.S. Senators and Representatives about three important health care issues.

Clinic Closes After Massive Hack - Dangers of EHRs

Clinic Closes After Massive Hack - Dangers of EHRs

ST. PAUL, Minn.—A huge patient data hack at a Michigan clinic this spring caused two doctors to retire early and close their office for good. This hack that crippled and killed an entire medical practice wasn’t the first, says CCHFand it won’t be the last.

CCHF Implores Government to Restore Pre-HIPAA Rights

CCHF Implores Government to Restore Pre-HIPAA Rights

ST. PAUL, Minn.—For much of its 20-plus-year existence, Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) has worked to educate patients, policy makers, the media, medical professionals and even Congress that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) “Privacy Rule” isn’t about privacy at all. 

HIPAA Is the ‘Biggest Breach of All’

HIPAA Is the ‘Biggest Breach of All’

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Anthem’s massive 2015 cyberattack is costing the nation’s second-largest health insurer a record $16 million. That’s the equally massive amount the company will pay to settle any potential privacy violations in the biggest known health care hack in U.S. history, the Chicago Sun Times reported last week. 

 

America’s Doctors: ‘This Is Not What We Signed Up For’

America’s Doctors: ‘This Is Not What We Signed Up For’

ST. PAUL, Minn.—The practice of medicine has become frustrating and painful, thanks to Congress forcing government-mandated electronic health records (EHRs) on doctors. 

Patients—and Their Prescriptions—Are Tracked

Patients—and Their Prescriptions—Are Tracked

ST. PAUL, Minn.—It’s bad enough that Congress and the Obama administration forced government-mandated electronic health records (EHRs) on physicians and patients around the country. But the government also said EHRs had to be used “meaningfully”—which is to say, the way federal officials declare they must be used.

Government EHRs—The High Cost of Coercion

Government EHRs—The High Cost of Coercion

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Stories abound about how Americans travel to other countries for medical treatment or surgeries. Do these citizens choose international care because it is better? Not necessarily. Because the recovery is faster? Not likely. It’s because the price of medical services is often higher in the U.S.—and part of the problem, says Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF)is the government-mandated electronic health record (EHR). 

Health Care Data Breaches Put the Private Medical info of Millions of Americans in Jeopardy

Health Care Data Breaches Put the Private Medical info of Millions of Americans in Jeopardy

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Well over 1 million patients are the latest victims of a huge health care data breach. Just last week, UnityPoint Health notified 1.4 million patients that their records may have been breached when its business system was compromised by a phishing attack, reported Healthcare IT News.

The Watched Are Never Free

The Watched Are Never Free

ST. PAUL, Minn.—It’s impossible for patients and doctors to have an effective relationship when they are being watched. The patient will always try to protect themselves if they think they are being monitored or surveilled, and therefore won’t be entirely open and transparent with their doctor.