Medical records going online, but will information be safe?

Medicaid patients’ medical records are going online in South Carolina so that people providing treatment have easier access to the information they need to offer the best care, officials said.

… Dr. Deborah Peel, a psychiatrist and founder of the Texas-based Patient Privacy Rights Foundation, says she’s not against EHR, so long as systems are built with consumers in control, though few systems do that. Because once exposed, she says, someone’s medical records can live on the Internet forever. And the consequences can be devastating, including employment and insurance discrimination.

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