While it may sound like HIPAA is a small animal at the zoo, it actually stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Privacy is not just about information -- it is also about the physical environment. There are many components to privacy.
Unfortunately, there is a tendency towards a paternalistic attitude by certain groups in the medical professions who seek to limit access to medical information that is not directly under their control.
With each solution along the road to healthcare reform, we uncover a new challenge. The hype gets old and we become numb. It's high time to fix a largely inefficient system for the benefit of American patients