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After a year of intense lobbying, the Trump administration on Monday finalized federal rules to give patients easier electronic access to their medical records and fuel a freer exchange of health data to improve their care.

The president’s top aides characterized the implementation of the rules as a watershed moment in American health care, unlocking health information that is now inaccessible to patients and technology companies seeking to use it to develop digital products and services.

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  • Any Discussion Concerning “Privacy” Regarding Patients Medical Records AKA HippA Would Be Laughable If This Weren’t So Opposite The Truth. Especially People Receiving Medicare/Caid And Disabled. Prior To 911 And All That Changed Since Then Is Enough To Make My Head Ache. There Isn’t ANY “Privacy” At All. Worse Yet Is That We Are Being Lied To, Exploited, And Used As Lab Rats With “Medications” Which Are Nonstandardized, Toxic, And Mislabeled Which Keeps Us Stuck On This Broken And Corrupt System.

  • OK. For 20 yesrs I’ve jumped through many hoops to forward my translational research. IRBs, MTAs, consent, etc. what exactly is changed by this? Informed consent has been rigorously interpreted and implemented. You can’t be induced to consent. You can’t be consented when undergoing surgery lest it be seen as making treatment conditional on consenting. It seems as if a back door is opening onto the stage pf clinical research – one with lower hurdles. It is unreasonable to give access to HIPPA identifiers via an easy low hurdles route (think Google) and the traditional high hurdles route (think traditional academic and clinical research). I don’t get it.

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