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Tech Firms Ask Congress to Redefine Medical Privacy Rules by Kerry Young

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Tech Firms Ask Congress to Redefine Medical Privacy Rules

Tech firms, including Amazon.com Inc., are asking Congress to redefine the rules on medical privacy, saying the potential risks of disclosure should be weighed again against the potential benefits of wider sharing and easier access to crucial health data.

Executives of tech companies and health organizations have told the House Energy and Commerce Committee in recent months that what they consider an excessively conservative stance on health data privacy is hindering development of new medical technologies and approaches to treatment, and also adding costs to already burdened state and federal budgets.

“We, in our effort to protect the patients, are constructing ...

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