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Re: Feb 2 AHIMA meeting on S. 1360
On 3 Feb Mr. Gellman wrote, in reply (as it were) to Mr. Love's
account of the AHIMA meeting:
A second proposal involved annual reporting by trustees on the
number of records accessed. My comment on this proposal was that
we already know that many users of health records obtain large
numbers of records. For example, we spend billions of tax
dollars annually on health research, and a good deal of it
involves access to health records. I don't find it very useful
to spend money to determine precisely whether the number of
records accessed is one million, five million, or ten million.
Good grief! The point would be to shed some light on just how much
of this is going on. Why do we collect crime statistics? After
all, we know there is lots of crime. We need to know to fight it.