Hughesair (Inflection Point)

Retired physician and air taxi operator, science writer and part time assistant professor, these editorials cover a wide range of topics. Mostly non political, mostly true, I write more from a lifetime of experience and from research, more science than convention. Subjects cover medicine, Alaska aviation, economics, technology and an occasional book review. Globalization or Democracy documents the historical roots of Oligarchy, the road to colonialism and tyranny

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Monday, December 04, 2023

DNA Personal Data

 23andMe reported hackers gained data for 6.9 million people. The. Medical community takes the position that patients should not have access to their genetic data, which might cause fear and misdirection of care. 23andMe makes that information available to patients directly,  arguably a good thing. However, present regulations protecting patient confidentiality, make hospital and insurance data available to government, insurance company, electronic record companies, and hackers and hard to access for physicians and patients alike. The violation of DNA data for 6.9 million people makes a mockery of confidentiality if not already a joke.

The obvious solution, returns to a tradition of health data filed by the physician and secured by individual practices. Who should own a patients’ medical record? The physician who wrote it.


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