Consumer-Directed Health Care Should Include Privacy

October 2, 2006

In a report on transparency on privacy issues by Jane Sarasohn-Kahn on iHealthbeat discusses the AMIA report on secondary use of health data, the author cites the constructive uses of such data for medical research. Educating consumers about this use is essential. “We cannot expect consumers to engage in the brave new world of consumer-driven health care without their expecting – and getting – privacy protections that stick.”  Tying consumer-driven healthcare and these secondary uses of data is important in empowering the consumer to take ownership of their data including allowing its use for research.

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