Health data shared all too freely

Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS / EDITORIALS -

In re­sponse to your re­cent ar­ti­cle “CVS can­cels pharma-funded Rx re­minders cit­ing new HIPAA rule,” (ModernHealth­, May 6), it is en­tirely in­ap­pro­pri­ate to use a per­son’s per­sonal health­care in­for­ma­tion with­out spe­cific con­sent to do so for profit as is the case with th­ese re­fill no­tices. Do the math: 100 mil­lion mul­ti­plied by $1.50. Dig­i­tized health data is shared all too freely un­der the guise of HIPAA op­er­a­tions and re­search. Pa­tients should be able to con­sent to any and all use of their data.

Mary Pow­ell, Ridley Park, Pa.

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