The Importance of Patient Privacy Video

In this video, the Executive Director of the NGA talks about the importance of protecting patient privacy in healthcare reform.
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How large a role should the government play in improving the health of its residents? As much as necessary but not more than that. I mean I think that in Healthcare area, there is a lot of issues around privacy and confidentiality and I think if people aren't comfortable, that they are protected by government in that sense, then I think a lot of future things that we want to do will collapse. Perfect example is I think it makes a lot of sense to do, electronic healthcare records, where everybody has the information, can be exchanged between doctors and most importantly, you can then begin to do analysis on evidence based medicines, so it has the potential for huge positive impacts. But if people feel insecure about it, the government is not protecting that right then I think you have major, major problems. How do you reassure people that an electronic health record is safe? Well, basically most states have laws on this, that we will put in place after fairly Outreach Program, and talking with citizens and so on and I think it's upto governors really to continue that dialogue but then take those laws and really apply them to the specific issue that you are talking about, and you have got to realize it's a pretty long process but it's well worth it, because again if the confidence goes, you are not going to be able to do some of those technology benefits which have huge long-run benefits. What preparations needs to be in place for an electronic health record to work? Well, in that area, the federal governments going to have to set some standards about what are the codes are appropriate for what diseases, and where does the information go on a card. So the Federal Government has to set some standards, we really don't believe individual states can do that because we have got to eventually come with the systems that's interchangeable across the country. I also think that you are probably need to set up a public private partnership to run the exchanges, so that u have got kind of a entity with a private sector board, because it seems to me, you need to have ownership, by the system, by the provider community, the purchaser, the consumers as well as government and the role there would be to certify those providers which you have a high level of confidence is going to protect the privacy and confidentiality, that you need to operate the system.

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