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Health-record privacy impeding medical research

The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 13, 2012

Since 1996, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) applies protection not only to the charts of the living or recently deceased, but also to records dating to the 1700s and 1800s. Which poses a problem for historians and researchers who say the public is being denied important information that could help guide current healthcare practices and policies.