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Class Action Lawsuit: Stimulus Act Jeopardizes Patients Privacy Rights

July 6, 2009

Now this is a lawsuit I back 100%! And so should you.

God Speed.

Healthcare IT News

WHITE PLAINS, NY – A class action lawsuit claims the stimulus act jeopardizes the privacy rights of the 65 percent of Americans who aren’t on Medicaid or Medicare by requiring healthcare providers to create an electronic health record of every person in the United States.


Lead plaintiff Beatrice M. Heghmann, a healthcare professional who has never been covered by Medicare and Medicaid, says because Title XIII of the stimulus act aims to have everyone’s medical histories in the system by 2014, their personal health information would be a “mouse click away from being accessible to an intruder.”

Heghmann has sued Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, White House Office of Health Reform Director Nancy-Ann Deparle and Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Charlene Frizzera.


The lawsuit claims that the stimulus act gives authority to Sebelius, instead of a doctor, to release medical information. It also allows government officials to link a person’s medical information with other forms of personal identification, such as a driver’s license number or Social Security number, Heghmann says. […]

H/T lsaldanamd

  1. July 7, 2009 7:08 pm

    I’m so glad I stopped by and saw this post. Electronic medical records are a intrusion on my privacy and I hate this idea. I think Newt Gingrich got this started and I quickly changed my mind about him. Obama says we need this because pharmacies cannot read the Doctor’s handwriting. Give me a break. I’ve never had a prescription incorrectly read and then prescribed. This is a government push to know our health condition and then act accordingly – higher premiums, etc – or worse, how about blackmail.

    We can’t keep Department of Defense information safe. Why would we think our medical records will be private? For those thinking the Patriotic Act was intrusion, it’s nothing next to this.

    I am so against this and I so appreciate this law suit. I fear they will get no where with it, but perhaps others will join. Thanks so much for posting.

  2. July 8, 2009 5:47 am

    Sadly, it was an executive order by George W. Bush which directed the development of a national health care database. It’s a bi-partisan effort to screw the country.

    Steve B’s last blog post..No, really, this time we MEAN it!


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