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Many people are concerned that medical records could be ‘hacked’ and medical information could be used against people in terms of hiring, insurance, stigma. If you have worked in healthcare for any length of time, you know that the most common way medical information is disclosed accidentally is through human error (talking on the elevator, walking down the hall, etc.) One of the ideas put forward was the creation of a unique medical identifier per individual patient that travels with them wherever they go in the healthcare system. This was going to be part part of the ACA but was abandoned because of causing too many waves. What are your thoughts, experiences, on medical privacy? Do you see us going towards developing a biometric ID, or perhaps an implantable chip? Do a google search on the term “unique patient identifier” and report back what you find.


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