Thanks to Deborah Peel, M.D., for her March 24 op-ed "Your Medical Records Aren't Secure" and for her efforts to protect patient privacy. In 2008, I brought this issue to the floor of the House of Delegates at the AMA, asking that we work to rewrite the Heath Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, a regulation that did not protect patient privacy but only served as a template to deliver the data more consistently to the government. I was voted down. Stunned, I walked back to my seat, only to find any number of reporters as shocked by the lack of support I received as they were to hear this year about the AMA's support of health-care reform.
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