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Vulnerabilities in health data privacy causing tension among patients


Confidence in the security and confidentiality of personal health information is beginning to erode, if the results of a new survey are any indication. Released by the American Medical Association, it showed that more than 92% of patients believe privacy is a right, and their health data should not be available for purchase.

Close to 75% of the 1,000 patients surveyed by Savvy Cooperative expressed concern about protecting the privacy of personal health data, and only 20% of patients said they knew the scope of companies and individuals with access to their data.

This concern is magnified with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization as the lack of data privacy could place patients and physicians in legal peril in states that restrict reproductive health services. That ruling overturned the right to abortion that had been protected by Roe v. Wade for decades.

The survey indicated patients are most comfortable with physicians and hospitals having access to personal health data, and least comfortable with social media sites, employers and technology companies having access to the same data.


The survey found that an overwhelming percentage of patients demand accountability, transparency and control as it relates […]

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