The New York Times reports on the data security issues that surround the nation's move towards electronic health records. While acknowledging the need for privacy, "I feel equally strongly that conversion to electronic health records may be one of the most transformative issues in the delivery of healthcare," said Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of health and human services. With nearly 7.8 million health records compromised in the last two years, some health experts think stronger legislation is needed. One legislator said the healthcare industry needs to be more vigilant, but another expert added, "Your ability to control access to your information is a horse that is already out of the stable...what is really needed is legislation that controls the use of it." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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