January 21, 2009
On behalf o
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f the ACLU’s more than half a million members and activists, and 54 affiliates nationwide, we write in support of the privacy
provisions included in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (“HITECH”) Act. These privacy provisions must be
enacted without passage of weakening amendments to realize President Obama’s vision of implementing a nationwide, interoperable electronic
medical record system. Without the privacy provisions proposed in the HITECH Act, Americans will fear justifiably that their most private,
personally identifiable information concerning their medical histories and conditions will be available to prying eyes.