As we race towards the full implementation of Electronic Health Records many of the privacy and ownership issues have not been fleshed out. Doug Pollack wrote about ownership issues earlier this summer and the topic generated over 150 comments from all over the Health IT spectrum. The topic was also picked up by Forbes in which it quoted Doug and lawyer Adam Greene discussing many of these still open ended questions.
“While current privacy laws and regulations do provide the patient with significant rights that might otherwise be associated with “ownership” to their medical data, the concept of ownership in this context appears flawed.”
You can read all of Doug’s piece on ownership and privacy of electronic health records here.