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Moore: Privacy 'paramount' in shift to electronic health records

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Here are today's headlines from the Kansas congressional delegation:Sen. Pat Roberts (R)![][1][(Jackson Hole Star-Tribune) Some may pick up Thomas bills:][2] Colleagues of the late Sen. Craig Thomas, R-Wyo., will champion some of the most prominent legislation he sponsored this year, but other efforts of his now face less certain fates. Several senators banded together to rename a rural health bill after Thomas and plan to introduce it today. Sens. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, will introduce the Craig Thomas Rural Hospital and Provider Equity (R-HoPE) Act. They were scheduled to introduce the bill last week, but upon Thomas's death, they delayed introduction and renamed it in his honor. The bill is similar to legislation that Thomas sponsored in the last Congress. The Senate Rural Health Caucus, which Thomas co-chaired, is promoting the bill. Several other senators have signed on.Rep. Dennis Moore (D) ![][3][(UPI) Analysis: Health IT's privacy factor:][4] A piece of legislation in the House proposes the formation of independent third-party trusts to compile complete, personal electronic health records. Government would monitor the trusts, which could be both for-profit and non-profit entities, and grant accreditation only to secure operations, said Rep. Dennis Moore, R-Kan., (sic) the author of the Independent Health Record Act. "Patient privacy has to be paramount," he said. "The patient should be in total control here as far as who sees his or her records." In addition, joining a trust would be voluntary. "Persons would have the option of signing up for an account to be managed by a health record trust similar to how banks operate credit card accounts," Moore said. [1]: http://roberts.senate.gov/Roberts-020405-18060-080-CFFflipped.jpg [2]: http://www.jacksonholestartrib.com/articles/2007/06/13/news/wyoming/d89294ebb9f0fb24872572f800802020.txt [3]: http://ljworld.com/specials/election04/primary/moore.jpg [4]: http://www.upi.com/Health_Business/Analysis/2007/06/13/analysis_health_its_privacy_factor/8878/

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Godot 8 years, 2 months ago

electronic medical records banks managed by the government? This cannot be good. This is the first step in establishing government controlled health care.

Godot 8 years, 2 months ago

The medical records trust bill was sponsored by Dennis Moore, not Roberts.

This is a bigger threat to our civil liberties than any phone surveillance program might be. Unscrupulous people will find innumerable ways to use our medical records to their advantage.

Just a few: big pharma using the records bank to target specific individuals for ads for drugs; employers tracking employees' health and habits; insurance companies making underwriting decisions based on the medical records, and those of family members; government identifying individuals with certain "bad" health habits and requiring them to change their habits, and undergo treatment.

Here is the future:

Want to know who has AIDS? Herpes? Hepatitis? Who is obese? Who is an alcoholic? Who uses illegal drugs? Who got an abortion? Just look it up!

This is awful.

If Rep Moore wanted to do what was right, he would not be sponsoring a bill like this, he would sponsor a bill to make this aggregation of medical records illegal.

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