An issue debated within the 2008 presidential election and again within the 2012 election, which affects all Americans is the issue of privacy with health information technology. Americans trust banks, airlines, utility companies and even retailers with their personal data, but it becomes an issue when it comes to medical information. People are even willing to file their tax returns electronically, so why are we so concerned with privacy when it comes to our medical records?
Many believe that technology seriously infringes on their medical privacy rights and these same people want strict protection for privacy when it comes to any type of health IT legislation. On the other side of the issue, many also believe the risks are worth it considering the benefits of giving health care providers access to a health information exchange network. [Read more…]