Groups unite to promote healthcare IT

Three major U.S. advocacy organizations united Wednesday to endorse and deliver five principles for healthcare information technology legislation to Congress.
In a joint statement, AARP, Business Roundtable, and SEIU urged Congress to take immediate action to address healthcare IT, “given the improvements to the quality, efficiency and affordability of health care that can be achieved by implementing health IT.”
The groups indicated that a broad implementation of healthcare IT would serve as a “building block” to healthcare reform generally.
{AARP, the Business Roundtable, and SEIU just announced they support building a national health IT system without privacy. They are totally blind to the dangers of building a superhighway system for data mining that will expose their members’ most intimate medical records to countless employers and insurers that will use their medical records to discriminate against them, their children, and their grandchildren. Supporting HIT without privacy is like skydiving without a parachute—you will get where you want to go very quickly but you probably won’t like the shape you are in when you arrive. ~ Dr. Deborah Peel, Patient Privacy Rights}

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