Should privacy rules be tougher?

Critics say the current privacy rules do not protect patients.  Hospital administrators and insurance companies lean towards keeping the laws as they are.  The Obama Administration is working on rewriting those laws in regard to patients being notified of a breach in privacy over patient’s records.

The current rules explain how and when healthcare organizations need to disclose to patients when their medical data and records have been improperly utilized.  As of right now, patients only need to be informed if there is a “significant risk of financial, reputational or other harm.”  Is this rule valid as it is or does it need to be changed?

The real question is in the language and how does one define the “harm” done in such a breach of privacy with regard to patients and their records?  For more info, read on, Tougher Privacy Rules Needed?

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