Personal Health Records: Conclusion
While PHRs may have some laudable goals, they also are a tempting target for companies or others that want to evade whatever privacy protections remain in the health care system in order to make a profit. Whether the benefits of PHRs are sufficient to overcome the real dangers to privacy remains to be seen. It is something that each potential user of a PHR must consider before enrolling. Any consumer worried about the privacy of personal health information should proceed with great caution before agreeing to sign up for a PHR, particularly those operating outside of HIPAA.
Robert Gellman is a privacy and information policy consultant based in Washington, D.C. http://www.bobgellman.com. Mr. Gellman prepared this report for the World Privacy Forum.
Original publication February 20, 2008 at http://www.worldprivacyforum.org.
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Roadmap: Personal Health Records – Why Many PHRs Threaten Privacy: II. Discussion – Conclusion