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Are Patients About To Lose Control Over Their Medical Information?

Are Patients About To Lose Control Over Their Medical Information?

By Corinne Carey, Assistant Legislative Director, New York Civil Liberties Union at 8:30am
During the Super Bowl two years ago, a commercial aired featuring a doctor questioning his patient, a man in boxer shorts sitting on an exam table, about whether he’d been tested for cortical spreading depression. The patient begins to say he doesn’t remember, and suddenly flood lights go up. The patient is surrounded by doctors in white coats sitting in a theatre round. One by one, the doctors stand up and recite entries from the patient’s medical records. When they finish, the mortified patient looks at his doctor and says, “Um, can I put my pants back on, please?” The commercial was for GE’s electronic health records system, and I remember thinking: “Was this an ad FOR electronic health records, or AGAINST them?”
Health Records Being Uploaded to Databases Without Patient Consent

Health Records Being Uploaded to Databases Without Patient Consent

By Corinne Carey, Assistant Legislative Director, New York Civil Liberties Union at 1:46pm

I just returned from the 2nd International Summit on the Future of Health Privacy in Washington, D.C. where the title of this year’s Summit was: “Is there an American Health Privacy Crisis?” The Summit brought together privacy experts,…

Jim Crow Still on the Books in New York

By Corinne Carey, Assistant Legislative Director, New York Civil Liberties Union at 3:16pm

Right now in New York, more than 122,000 people are prohibited from voting because of felony convictions. The state's felony disfranchisement policy — which prohibits people who are incarcerated or on parole for a felony offense from voting…

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