One of the consistently pursued objectives by the Donald Trump administration is to ensure that patients are given a higher level of control over their health records. For this, a new policy has been introduced by the Trump administration, which asks a patient to submit their medical data to the Silicon Valley, which is considered to be the global center for higher technology and innovations.
When these proposed policy changes will go through, what would happen is that patients would be able to access and download all their health records in their smartphones and can also direct it to other apps. The tech industry has lobbied the administration to need greater patient access. That might leave unprecedented convenience, letting patients more easily share data for a second opinion or enabling a researcher to seek out participants for a clinical test . Though the proposed changes might seem to be advantageous to both the patients and the technology industry, they have their own fair share of disadvantages, with the most noticeable and major disadvantage being the lack of privacy.
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (popularly known as HIPAA) is a United States law designed to provide privacy standards to protect patients' medical records and other health information provided to health plans, doctors, hospitals and other health care providers. If the new policy changes come into effect, the restrictions that are imposed by the HIPAA, where the records of patients can be accessed only be doctors and other healthcare professionals, will be violated. This is because, the proposed policy changes would make sure that the medical records of the patients are available beyond the software used by the doctors, where the medical records are originally stored. The private details of millions of Americans, therefore, will be at stake.