Daily Archives: January 30, 2009

Private Health Information Will Become Shared Under Stimulus Bill

Economic Stimulus Bill Mandates Electronic Health Records for Every Citizen without Opt-out or Patient Consent Provisions at Institute For Health Freedom provides some very interesting tidbits on what will become of your private health information, once the new President and cronies pass a bill allowing it to become a shared commodity across the country.

Let’s take a look at the problem.  The Stimulus Bill specifies amongst the following.

  • “The utilization of an electronic health record for each person in the United States by 2014.”
  • “The National Coordinator shall perform the duties…consistent with the development of a nationwide health information technology infrastructure that allows for the electronic use and exchange of information and that…facilitates health and clinical research…”

The result.

  1. “…the economic stimulus bill mandates electronic health records for every citizen without providing for opt-out or patient consent provisions.
  2. “…records could be shared—without their consent—with over 600,000 covered entities through the forthcoming nationally linked electronic health-records network…”


Even though there are federal privacy rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), some personal information can already be disclosed without patient consent.

With the utter lack of judgment the current Democratic administration and houses of government have shown thus far, it would not be surprising to see personal information disseminated beyond intended recipients, as either intended or unintended consequences.  Much like the current problems in the banking and credit card industry, with personal information falling into the wrong hands.

Warning.  The following images may be too graphic for tender minds.

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