Dr. Westby G. Fisher says WikiLeak’s most recent data dump has implications for the digitization of medical records:
Day in and day out, I type huge volumes of information on my patients on a computer and my fellow physicians do the same. As a result, vast health care information warehouses are at the disposal of the government, insurers, and major health care institutions eager to become more efficient, strategic or competitive. We are promised the information is private, confidential, and even stripped of its identifiers for group analysis. It is even protected to remain so by law.
And now we find that even the government’s most sensitive and classified diplomatic data is subject to disclosure, some how, some way …
Yet in our new Era of the Electronic Medical Record and government funding of health care in America, we now find that this potential loss of our health care privacy is the price (and risk) for care we’ll have to accept.