Bringing doctors into the 21st century
Every week, it seems, another hospital reports a breach of hundreds or thousands of patient records, such as last year's posting of the names and diagnosis codes of 20,000 Stanford Hospital patients on a commercial website. And it's not just breaches that worry some consumer and privacy advocates. Many companies would love to get their hands on patient data, says Lee Tien, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "Big data is big business," Tien says.