In this podcast, Deborah Peel, MD of the Patient Privacy Rights foundation joins Michael Ostolenk to preview an upcoming conference addressing the increasing inappropriate access government, corporations, and other third parties have to confidential medical records. “Getting IT Right: Protecting Patient Privacy Rights in a Wired World” is the nation’s first open and inclusive public forum to discuss the future of health privacy in the digital age. The conference will be held June 13, 2011 at the Georgetown Law Center in Washington, D.C. and is the result of a partnership between the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and the Patient Privacy Rights Foundation, the premier health privacy advocacy organization in the United States. A complete agenda and registration information is available at http://www.healthprivacysummit.org
In this interview with Michael Ostrolenk, Deborah Peel, MD of www.PatientPrivacyRights.org discusses a recent Zogby poll that queried 2,000 patients about their attitudes about how their personal information is handled. The results suggest that insurance companies, bureaucrats, and legislators need to reexamine their assumptions and take a more serious approach to protecting patient privacy.
As well as discussing the survey, Dr. Peel also debunks other common EHR myths including “deidentified” medical data mining and the “cost savings” of EHR implementation.