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March 22/29, 2000

Privacy of Electronic Medical Information

Author Affiliations

Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;283(12):1564-1565. doi:10.1001/jama.283.12.1563

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.