Dear Commissioner Edward Ehrlinger,
Your department has asked for comments on three questions related to medical record access. I have a question. Why are there no questions about how the public feels about the very terms and assumptions behind the questions.
I have learned that "representation of consent" means everyone from hospitals to clinics to researchers to contractors and others can access to my records without having my actual consent in hand; without being positively sure I said yes. Also, why is the question not also about "unintentional unauthorized" and how is "authorized access" defined? Too often the forms I'm asked to signed at the doctor's office have only one signature line for all sorts of things above including consent for treatment. Are people sharing my information for non-treatment activities without my true consent?
My data is my data. No one should look at it or use it just because someone claims they have my consent. And as with anything else I own, I should be able to control who's using it and to know who's been looking at it and why. That's what legislators needs to know and should be told. Make sure that my concerns are in your report to the legislature.
Name City, MN
EMAIL COMMENTS TO: MN.eHealth@state.mn.us
OR MAIL TO: Minn. Dept of Health, 85 East Seventh Place, Ste 220, P.O. Box 64882, St. Paul, MN 55164-0882
DEADLINE: Next Thursday, December 20, 2012
Ok. I sent my comments in. Thank you for the “heads up.”