Digitalize? Consider it was disclosed that over a five year period nearly a third of medical records systems in VA health care system had glitches that cause false information and led to some improper or delayed treatment. (27 ).
Pharmaceutical companies haven gotten personal medical information to discover what medications people are taking, so they can solicited Physicians to prescribe their drugs (28 ).
In 1996 during an average hospital stay a persons medical records are seen by at least 400, according toa Congressional Research Service study. These include employers, insurance companies and government agencies. During this time the health care industry spent 10-15 billion a year on information technology (29 ).
Another concern to medical privacy is outsourcing medical transcription to foreign countries. many of these countries may not have as strict of medical privacy laws as ours (30 ).
Nobody can supply reliable statistics about the volume of work going overseas, but some estimate that 12 percent to 13 percent of medical transcription work is subcontracted from U.S. firms to offshore partners. Elaine Olson, executive director of the Medical Transcription Industry Association said, "Different companies tell you different things," she continued "Nobody wants to tell you what they are really doing."(31 ).
Only 28 states allow people to see there own medical records, generally claiming the information belongs to health-care facility or practitioner that created them (32 ).
The first country to establish a DNA database for crime fighting crime was the United Kingdom. The database was established as part of "Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994". This act allowed police to take and collect DNA samples(33).
The UK database grew at a rapid rate around 6000 new samples a week and is expcected have a DNA profile of one third the UK's male population (34 ).