Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor
In Reply: We recognize that the law is merely
one means through which the privacy of personally identifiable health information
about individuals may be improved in an electronic national health information
infrastructure. While many view technology and the increasing computerization
of health records as a major threat to privacy,1
we agree that technology is also useful in protecting privacy and security
through encryption and other mechanisms. Uniform application of effective
technological tools (which are still under development in the public and private
sectors) may significantly improve individual privacy.
Hodge, Jr JG, Gostin LO, Jacobson PD. Privacy of Electronic Medical Information—Reply. JAMA. 2000;283(12):1564–1565. doi:10.1001/jama.283.12.1563
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