"Health IT creates the potential for breaches of health information privacy on a scale previously unimaginable,"Pyles said. "Once health information is disclosed electronically, it cannot be recovered."
And, as with most other kinds of data theft, it isn't always obvious that it has been disclosed. Privacy in the electronic records age has to be thought of in entirely new ways. At least these lawmakers are considering this, though the hope of them actually getting it right are probably slim.