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Proposed Communicable Disease Regulation (CDR) Amendment

The move to a centralized electronic healt data system inherently challenges patient privacy rights by vastly expanding the scope of access to patient’s health infromation and limiting the options for patient and health care provider control over disclosures.

Many of the pressing medical confidentiality challenges in this new envrionment have nto yet been addressed (i.e. how to effectively inform the public of disclousure directives; how to provide effective privacy protection for HIV patients whose HIV-specific medicatiosn have to date been excluded from PharamaNet; record-level masking, etc.).

We believe that patient privacy rights are negatively impacted by the e-health system that is currently underway and we are firmly opposed to further diminishing of patient privacy rights by amending the CDR

Author: Michael Vonn

The full report can be read here