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Privacy of Medical Records

When it comes to the issue of privacy our health records should be given top priority, but apparently under HIPAA (Health Insurance Portablity and Accountablity Act) our health records may be regularly accessed and disseminated without our consent for all routine uses (defined as treatment, payment, and healthcare operations). All about this is written in this interesting article by Deborah C. Peel, who is medical doctor herself and the article can be found at and it is titled HIPAA: The Data Miner’s Dream. The author states that our medical records are open to surveillance, snooping, unwanted uses, and disclosure by more than four million “covered entities,” including employers, financial institutions, insurers, schools, government agencies and all of their business associates.

All this Data mining generates billions of dollars in revenue but not one dime goes to help a single sick person. All our personal medical records are sold by various companies to large employers, insurers and the pharmaceutical industry. Even though at times having our records readily available can save lives and be helpful it is important that we control access to our records to prevent rampant abuses of privacy.

To get more information on your medical and privacy rights go to www., which was founded by the author.

October 31, 2007 - Posted by | HIPAA, Medical records, privacy


  1. Until patients control their own health records,privacy of personal health records will be a major issue in management of personal health records.
    Visit this site: for views about Patient privacy rights recent endorsement of PHR by a major corporation.

    Comment by Tim Collins | October 31, 2007 | Reply

  2. Dr. Deborah C. Peel’s credibility can’t be the same after her touting of Microsoft’s Health Vault.

    Dr. Annie Antón, associate professor and Director of ThePrivacyPlace.Org recently revealed three very serious concerns about Microsoft which Dr. Peel must have overlooked.

    Comment by Robert S Hedin | November 1, 2007 | Reply

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