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Consumer advocates question electronic networks
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The passage of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act promises flexibility for all workers. But in the process, medical data confidentiality may be compromised.
At least that's what concerns consumer privacy advocates.
The Kennedy-Kassebaum health care bill allows for the creation of a national electronic transfer system for personal health care data. The bill has paved the way for the secretary of Health and Human Services to adopt an electronic "identifier" system for every patient in the country.
Lawmakers say an electronic network would simplify the business side …