Finding terrorist cells in the British health care industry is disturbing, because it exposes those doctors as criminals intending to cause mass murder. Al-Qaida is recruiting people from nations such as India and Pakistan who work within the industry. The easy access and knowledge doctors have of dangerous biological agents, chemicals and drugs poses a new threat.
Medical terrorists also have access to private information in our medical records. In cases of our recovering soldiers, they see the wounds inflicted that make them unfit for further duty.
The medical reports of millions of Americans are routinely sent over the Internet to India and Pakistan to be typed or transcribed. Most Americans are unaware the doctor treating them here is sending their private medical history and treatment record to India to be typed. Depending on the turnaround time, your medical report already may be somewhere in India before you return home from treatment.
Once these private medical reports leave the United States via the Internet, they enter a cyber-system, where the medical information can be passed from one company to another within a business chain. Your doctor may not know where the medical dictation finally ends up downloaded to a foreign computer to be typed or transcribed.
All of this is legal under the less-than-adequate medical privacy law called HIPAA. The solution to this crisis is simple: Don't allow our personal medical information to leave the jurisdiction of the U.S. court system. Plenty of qualified medical transcribers live here, where it is easier to maintain privacy and trace the path of this sensitive information.
There are so many things wrong with this I don't have the energy to fully rebut them. Leaving aside the delusional nature of the thing and concentrating on HIPAA, the writer is of course mistaken. PHI in India is still under jurisdiction of US courts via Business Associate Agreements, which make at least the US based sides responsible for the conduct of their foreign counterparts.
Now there are boogymen under every hospital bed. Sheesh.