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Medical Records Held Online Create Privacy Risk

Private health-care providers, insurance companies, and large technology companies like Microsoft and Google are launching projects to promote online access to personal health records. These medical information services are not protected by federal law because the information is voluntarily given by patients. Medical information may be of interest to insurers, employers, financial services institutions and medical identity thieves.

Online medical records offer convenience, may limit privacy, USA Today, June 11, 2008