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Automation Guide, 22 April 2014: 'Give patient control over medical data'

Patients should be given control over their own medical data stored in the electronic health record (EHR).

An internet campaign for medical privacy was launched at the initiative of the Civil Rights Protection Foundation and the Privacy First Foundation. On the website people can download a letter to send to their GP or pharmacist, for example, indicating the extent to which medical data may be shared.

Indeed, according to the foundation, patients should decide for themselves which healthcare providers can access their patient records at what time. "We are not against sharing medical data," said a Privacy First Foundation spokesperson. "But now a patient is actually giving carte blanche because he or she has no idea that perhaps a thousand healthcare providers can view their data."

Source:, 22 April 2014.