2nd International Summit on the Future of Health Privacy

Deborah Peel, MD, founder of Patient Privacy Rights, is back with Michael in today’s podcast to preview the 2nd International Summit on the Future of Health Privacy. This conference on the urgent privacy issues raised by emerging health technologies will be held June 6 & 7 at the Georgetown Law Center in Washington, DC. For free registration and to learn about how to watch the conference proceedings live online go to http://www.healthprivacysummit.org.

Health Privacy Summit – June 13, 2011

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

Survey of American Medical Privacy Concerns

Are American’s concerned that the widespread push for implementation of electronic medical records will affect the privacy of their medical history? Insurance companies and the government often tout claims that patients welcome the convenience of EHRs but brush aside questions about privacy.

 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.

Deborah Peel, MD tells patients and doctors how they can protect medical privacy

In her interview with Michael Ostrolenk, Dr. Peel of www.patientprivacyrights.org also discusses  HIPAA, the Patient Privacy Consumer Toolkit, privacy provisions in the Stimulus Bill, and more!