Compelled Authorizations for Disclosure of Health Records: Magnitude and Implications
The American Journal of Bioethics, Vol. 7, No. 3, pp. 38-45, 2007
9 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2009 Last revised: 1 Nov 2012
Date Written: March 1, 2007
Each year individuals are required to execute millions of authorizations for the release of their health records as a condition of employment, applying for various types of insurance, and submitting claims for benefits. Generally, there are no restrictions on the scope of information released pursuant to these compelled authorizations, and the development of a nationwide system of interoperable electronic health records will increase the amount of health information released. After quantifying the extent of these disclosures, this article discusses why it is important to limit disclosures of health information for non-medical purposes as well as how it may be possible to do so.
Keywords: electronic health records, EHRs, health information technology, HIT, Privacy, HIPAA Privacy Rule, authorizations, employment, life insurance, nationwide health information network, NHIN
JEL Classification: K31, K32
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