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Google Health opens potential loophole in HIPAA protections

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Valleywag reports on the pending introduction of Google Health’s pilot program, in which they’ll store the health records of of 1500 to 10,000 patients at the Cleveland Clinic. But Valleywag (and, for more information, this SF Chronicle article) discusses the privacy implications of Google’s plan: As a non-healthcare provider, Google (and any other third-party provider of these kinds of services) isn’t subject to the privacy protections of HIPAA. The lack of one protection in particular, the requirement that health care providers notify a subject when his or her health records are subpoena’d, means that it will be easier for third parties to gain access to your medical data in ways that could be detrimental to you.

Microsoft and AOL have their own portable health information products in the works.


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