The Trump Administration is proposing a policy that will also patient medical records to be accessible to patients. The policy will give patients access to their personal medical records easily on smartphone devices and apps. Although this may sound transparent and beneficial for patients, the flow of information will no longer be protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, which protects patient information. The information would be available to large tech companies, app designers and data brokers.
The HHS office stated that the new policy would give the FTC the responsibility of keeping the tech companies to be held accountable with the private patient data. The tech industry had pushed to have patient data more conveniently accessible, but will open a massive fight for data sharing of all of the health care details for millions of Americans. This initiative to open patient data and make it more accessible was led by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law. One of the results of creating easier access to medical records can capsize and overturn the tech industry.
One key player against the new policy is Epic, a leader in the health care software industry. One of the key, major issues that Epic has with this proposed policy is privacy. Although patients do have the right to access their health records in either a paper or digital format, some access is not as convenient or affordable. Also, giving patients more free access to their medical records can also give them less control of their information. With data more exposed and easily accessed, medical records can easily be taken and resold, since privacy restrictions will become more unhinged.
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