On behalf of the ACLU’s more than half a million members and activists, and 54 affiliates nationwide, we write in support of the privacyprovisions included in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (“HITECH”) Act. These privacy provisions must beenacted without passage of weakening amendments to realize President Obama’s vision of implementing a nationwide, interoperable electronicmedical 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.
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