Your Medical History Up For Grabs

Law360, New York (November 9, 2009, 1:42 PM EST) -- Soon to join LP records and the Pontiac in the world of quaint anachronism — to judge from all reports — will be your paper-based medical records, held in confidence by their creators.

In their place, under Obama administration plans, will be a single repository of computerized medical data.

This mega-databank is apt to detail every encounter by every American with any medical care provider — including symptoms, diagnoses, life-style information, lab results, prescriptions and procedures.

Present-day medical record-keeping is as dispersed and unpredictable as Americans’...
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