Patient Choice and Privacy in the Digital Age

Patient Choice and Privacy in the Digital Age

The recent release of a massive trove of Medicare data is already being hailed by journalists and researchers. Along with several other transparency initiatives, the information could help patients better navigate their health care options.

Despite a technology revolution in healthcare, patients hoping to compare doctors online or find out what a hospital procedure will cost still don't have much to go on. But a push for more transparency has led to the release of a massive database of Medicare records, and soon more information--including the financial relationships between healthcare companies and doctors--will also be public. Many hope transparency initiatives will help patients better navigate their health care options.

Guests

Charles Ornstein

Senior Reporter, ProPublica

Deven McGraw

Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; former director of the Health Privacy Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology

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