There is a health care records concern I have about "global consent" -- whereby your records are stored in one big state file, to which, if you sign a release, any health care provider may have access. This story was on Vermont Public Radio -- link to it http://digital.vpr.net/post/new-patient-information-system-sparks-privac... . For information on the information exchange, see vitl.net .
This is what I sent to my legislators regarding this issue:
I am fundamentally opposed to the global consent likely to go into effect for medical records in Vermont. I could list all my reasons, but I think you probably are familiar with all that are out there, and I will wager that I agree with at least 99 percent of them. Please do whatever you can to stop this horrible potential reality, and if it cannot be stopped, please do whatever is necessary to MANDATE that the patient be informed in writing (whatever format said person indicates is preferred -- postal mail, email, text, etc.) EACH TIME his or her record is accessed, by whom, what date and time, and for what purpose. It should be fairly easy to automate this process. Notification ideally should be at the latest simultaneous with the access. Further, please be sure that every person whose records are in the system should be aware that they are in the system, that each
person has full access to his or her records the minute they are posted, without doctor/provider having to okay this. There should be NOTHING in one's file that one is not aware of and does not have access to, as far as I am concerned. Last, please MANDATE that no health care provider may refuse treatment to someone choosing not to be in the system, nor should there be any penalty or detrimental effect other than the acknowledged delay in getting information to a provider who would like to see the record. This concept of global consent is an outrageous violation of human decency.
Are others concerned about this issue? If so, please not only respond here, but contact your legislators!