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Google Health “Share” Feature Raises Privacy Concerns

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Google Health has a new feature that lets users share medical information with others through an e-mail link. Google has tried to take safety measures. A link to a shared profile
will only work in connection with the specified e-mail address, so the
link does not work if it is forwarded. Also, all links expire after 30
days. Jamie Court, president of the Washington D.C.-based consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog doesn’t think that’s enough. "Doctors and hospitals have a duty to keep this information
confidential, but others don’t," he told The Industry Standard. "In the
hands of the wrong workplace colleague, friend or vendor, this
information could be used against patients."

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Google Stays Mum On EHR Privacy Provisions Of Stimulus Bill

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Consumer Watchdog, a Washington D.C.-based consumer advocacy group,
said the additions were a victory for patient privacy rights activists. "Google and Microsoft and medical records companies are now accountable
in the way HIPAA providers are," Jamie Court, president of Consumer
Watchdog told The Industry Standard. "Heretofore these guys had no
accountability."

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