Finger print data Health careleaders fear that freeing up data may lead to apps that could sellor exploit personal data, perhaps without individuals being awareof it. (Image: Shutterstock)

Patients should have unfettered access to their healthdata—right? Although many in the health care world would agree, asignificant number of stakeholders are expressing concerns aboutthe possibility that easing controls and regulations may result indata being exploited or misused.

A recent move by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department(HHS) to give patients or consumers more control over their healthcare data has some health care experts worried that the governmentmay be opening a Pandora's Box that could have unexpected andundesirable outcomes. They say patients may not understand howtheir data could be used and shared, and advocate slowing down oradding more protections to the HHS approach for data sharing.

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