Category Archives: Doctor-patient relationship

Consent not needed to test patients in emergency

In a public-health emergency, suspected victims would no longer have to give permission before experimental tests could be run to determine why they’re sick, under a federal rule published Wednesday. more

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Doctors concerned over e-records

Doctors are raising a series of concerns about the confidentiality of the electronic care records system. more

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Kansas AG Kline Says Request for Late-Term Abortion Records Motivated by Protecting Children; Opponent Says it Violated Medical Privacy

Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline (R), who is running for re-election in November, on Friday said he not was trying to further a political agenda but to protect children when he sought access to the medical records of 90 women … Continue reading

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Texas Medical Board Adopts Parental Consent Form

The Texas Medical Board last week adopted rules requiring physicians to gain written and notarized parental consent before performing an abortion on a minor. more

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Analysis: The medical record paper chase

A bigger threat may be caused by the very companies who keep electronic health records, she said, because electronic health information can be compiled, bought and sold — sometimes without a patient’s consent. more

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5 companies to launch electronic health files

Five major U.S. corporations have joined forces to create a “medical Internet” on which some 2.5 million people can compile their personal health records in one location, providing convenient access to everything from prescriptions and cholesterol readings to family medical … Continue reading

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Ban on home HIV tests ‘outdated’

Banning home HIV testing kits is unwarranted and a breach of patient autonomy, a UK health expert argues. more

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Warnings Over Privacy of U.S. Health Network

The Bush administration has no clear strategy to protect the privacy of patients as it promotes the use of electronic medical records throughout the nation`s health care system, federal investigators say in a new report. As a result, Mr. Akaka … Continue reading

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Parents are not my patients

There has been much debate over whether GPs should prescribe contraception to under-16s without telling their parents. Contraceptives, abortion and sexual transmitted infection advice and treatment can therefore be provided to young people under the age of 16, without parents … Continue reading

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Hospital lost patient data disks

A hospital has lost 100 computer disks containing personal information about patients. The disks, which were to be destroyed, are believed to have been disposed of “inadvertently” with other waste. more

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