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The Cost of Privacy: A Debate on the Impact of Privacy Laws on Health IT Adoption

Monday, June 22, 200902:00 AM to 3:30 AM EST
ITIF1101 K Streetsuite 610 Washington, DC District Of Columbia, 20005

Event Summary

As the Obama Administration moves forward with plans to modernize health care by encouraging the use of electronic medical records (EMR), some parties continue to raise concerns about privacy. Strong privacy laws may help protect confidential patient information and encourage user acceptance. But strict privacy laws can also impose additional burdens on health care providers and may slow technology adoption. A new study recently published in Management Science attempts to quantify the effect of state privacy regulations on the diffusion of EMRs and finds that strict privacy regulations reduces aggregate EMR adoption by hospitals by almost one-quarter. However, organizations promoting stricter privacy regulations such as Patient Privacy Rights have dismissed the findings as "preposterous."

Join ITIF for a thoughtful debate between the authors and critics of the report to learn more about the impact of privacy laws on technology diffusion in health care.


Daniel Castro@castrotech
Vice President, ITIF, and Director, Center for Data Innovation
Amalia Miller
Assistant Professor
Department of Economics, University of Virginia
Catherine Tucker
Assistant Professor
MIT Sloan School of Managment
Deven McGraw
Health Privacy Project, Center for Democracy and Technology
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