The Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights being pushed by the White House has one glaring error; healthcare privacy. Insert James C. Pyles, an attorney focused on patient privacy, and his soon to be released Health Information Privacy Bill of Rights. Its main goal is the fill in the gap between the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights and existing HIPAA and HITECH legislation.
“HIPAA and the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, however, create an odd legislative gap. Mr. Pyles notes that the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights excludes patients to the extent their health information is covered by HIPAA, while offering greater privacy rights with respect to health information not covered by HIPAA. He cites the year-long study by ANSI and others that uncovered the “inadequacies” of HIPAA, including the fact that the HIPAA Privacy Rule was not even intended by the Department of Health and Human Services to serve as a “best practices” standard for privacy protection.”
Although this isn’t the end all of Mr. Pyles’ Health Information Privacy Bill of Rights, it is certainly one of the more concerning problems that needs solving. The protection of health information has to be the cornerstone of any national healthcare system as without it trust and patient control break down.