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Computers Are Hazardous to Health Record Privacy

Bill Clinton's identity was hidden behind a false name when he went to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital two years ago for heart surgery, but that didn�t stop computer hackers, including people working at the hospital, from trying to get a peek at the electronic records of his medical charts. Powerful forces are lobbying hard for government and private programs that could push the nation�s costly and inefficient health care system into the computer age. But the legislation has bogged down, largely because of differences over how to balance the health care industry�s interest in efficiently collecting, studying and using data with privacy concerns for tens of millions of ordinary Americans.

Health Hazard: Computers Spilling Your History, New York Times, December 3, 2006.