HIPAA Prohibits researchers from reviewing medical records

Researchers who used to search medical records for potential participants in their clinical trials of new medications or medical treatments must now rely on doctors for patient referrals. As a researcher, I fully understand how this can be viewed as hindrance by medical researchers. However, as a public citizen I’m happy to see that HIPAA is having an impact on those trying to access my sensitive medical information without my knowledge. ThePrivacyPlace.Org recently released an Analysis of Web Site Privacy Policy Evolution in the Presence of HIPAA that you may find interesting.

For more information on HIPAA prohibiting researchers from reviewing medical records, see: Privacy rule builds biomedical research bottleneck.

— aia

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