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Consumers Want Privacy Wall Around Personal Health Info, Tech Execs Find

In the future, people may be willing to pay to ensure their health care information remains private, technology experts say. In other health IT news, Epic Systems is finding success in the expanding electronic health records market.

Bloomberg: Tech Execs See Consumers Drawing The Line On Privacy With Health
Consumers have willingly traded some of their personal details for access to social sites like Google or Facebook, and suffer an occasional ad as a result. But once that sharing gets too personal, as with health-care information, it could prompt people to retreat behind a wall of privacy, according to a panel of technology experts at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. (Vynck, 1/22)

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Epic Systems Soars With Transition To Electronic Health Records
Epic makes the software your doctor and hospital may well use to track everything they know about your health, from the results of your annual physical to your cholesterol prescription to the X-ray from your emergency room visit when you sprained your ankle. If you're a patient of Aurora Health Care, for example, a nurse at any Aurora urgent care clinic can use Epic's software to retrieve your entire medical record on the spot, including what allergies you have and what conditions you've been treated for lately. (Boulton, 1/24)

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