Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: In their article, Mr Hodge and
colleagues1 state, "This dilemma [of threats
to privacy of personally identifiable health data caused by technological
improvements in health-related computer technology] can only [italics added] be corrected through national legislation."
However, new approaches to the problem of protecting the privacy of
confidential health information must also be considered.2
For instance, technological strategies to protect the privacy of individuals
have many unique advantages.
Wilder B. Privacy of Electronic Medical Information. JAMA. 2000;283(12):1564-1565. doi:10.1001/jama.283.12.1563