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Medical Privacy Risks

David Lazarus writes in this morning’s San Francisco Chronicle about risks related to medial privacy surrounding the offshoring of medical transcription services.

U.S. laws maintain strict standards to protect patients’ medical data. But those laws are virtually unenforceable overseas, where much of the labor- intensive transcribing of dictated medical notes to written form is being exported.

There’s an increasing backlash developing politically regarding offshoring just about anything — this example will add further fuel to that debate.

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