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Google May Now Have Your Private Medical Records (Guest: Twila Brase)

December 24, 2019

Twila Brase of the Citizens Council for Health Freedom says it is time for a new rule that requires health care organizations to get explicit consent in any data sharing arrangement and sent a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services.

Twila Brase of the Citizens Council for Health Freedom says private patient data is the 21st century version of gold.  Companies can use the data for predictive analytics that can influence who and who does not get care. She discusses some of the myths of HIPPA, specifically that it protects patient privacy when it does not. “It’s less about privacy than control,” said Brase. Brase also says it is good news that the omnibus spending bill strikes out the possibility of funding to start a unique patient identifier program.

Brase also discusses a U.S. Appeals Court decision December 18 that said the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional but failed to say if this invalidates the entire law. Brase’s organization co-wrote an amicus brief in the matter. 

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AnneMarie Schieber is a research fellow at The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Health Care News, Heartland's monthly newspaper for health care reform. @HCPolicy
Twila Brase is the president of the Citizens' Council for Health Freedom. @twilabrase