On June 15, 2011, Betsy McCaughey wrote an article in the New York Post regarding privacy concerns around the adoption of electronic health record systems (EHRs) in the health care industry. CDT has a long and distinguished track record of privacy advocacy, and normally we are glad when the media engages these issues. Privacy is a fundamental right, closely associated with and enabling of our autonomy and freedom, and the media plays a key role in ensuring that our rights are protected.
However, CDT was dismayed to see McCaughey’s article, which contains numerous inaccuracies and distortions regarding proposed and existing health IT programs. We do not believe the public benefits when misinformation is injected into the debate, especially when accompanied by a clear political motive. As such, we believe it necessary to counter McCaughey’s article and set the record straight. Only then can an earnest discussion of the real issues take place.
The most outlandish claims in the article are McCaughey’s insistence that there will be a single central database with everyone’s health records, that all physicians will be forced to participate, and that millions of government and industry personnel will somehow have access to said database.
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