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Analysis: HHS Precision Medicine Security Framework

Is It Enough to Safeguard Sensitive Patient Data?

Some security experts say the disclosure and release of genetic data to patients – including data slated for use in medical research – also poses other potential concerns.

“I would think for liability reasons a covered entity may want to withhold the release of genetic information. What if the tests are wrong? Genetics is not a perfect science,” says Tom Walsh, founder of consultancy tw-Security. “What if I get the wrong patient’s data and then made life-based decisions on the results? There needs to be a formal procedure for the release of any genetic information, much like that of any patient information.”


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