ACTION NEEDED RIGHT NOW!
Help stop national health information system that has no privacy protections!
The U.S House of Representatives is now debating, and is scheduled to vote on H.R. 4157, the Health Information Technology Promotion Act of 2006.
NO PROVISIONS FOR PATIENT PRIVACY OR CONSENT TO DISCLOSE
This bill would enable the development of a national electronic health information system. Unfortunately, there are no provisions to protect patient privacy or security. Further, the bill doesnít require patient consent for your medical information to be disclosed to government or private parties. In summary, the bill doesnít even recognize your right to privacy, nor your right to be informed if there has been a security breach.
This has been a battle of the PR wars, with misleading information claiming huge cost savings and a safer system. Supporters point to surveys that show that consumers support a national health information technology system.
But that is misleading Ė consumers only support a system that is voluntary, protects their privacy, allows them to control the use of their information, and is NOT dumped into a central repository vulnerable to security breeches.
SECURITY CANNOT BE GUARANTEED
Even the Presidentís own cyber task reported that existing systems are vulnerable to intrusions, and itís getting worse. Just look at the recent breech of the VA system exposing millions of records.
WILL NOT ACCOMPLISH GOAL OF COST SAVINGS
The bill will not save costs, and in fact, places a further compliance burden on physicians to purchase and implement new technology incurring costs that will be passed along to patients.
CALL OR WRITE YOUR REPRESENTATIVE NOW TO OPPOSE THIS BILL.
TELL THEM THIS BILL WONíT ACCOMPLISH THE GOALS OF A PATIENT-CONTROLLED, SECURE, VOLUNTARY HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SYSTEM.
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