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Video
8/4/2016
View on YouTube On NPR, Consumer Watchdog's Executive Director Carmen Balber discusses the risks of patient information being exploited by tech firms.
News Release
2/5/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber, Consumer Watchdog; and Deborah C. Peel, MD, Patient Privacy Rights
Santa Monica, CA – The day after Anthem Blue Cross revealed that millions of customers’ information had been hacked, Consumer Watchdog and Patient Privacy Rights called on Cal INDEX, the health information database created by Anthem and Blue Shield of California, to allow consumers to opt-in rather than force them to opt-out. “...
News Release
12/16/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Carmen Balber
UPDATE: Here's where to opt  out: http://optout.calindex.org/OptOut/optout.html SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged consumers to opt out of the new electronic health information exchange, Cal INDEX, that is being set up by Blue Cross and Blue Shield until key questions about patient privacy are answered. The nonpartisan...
Blog Post
3/27/2014
By John M. Simpson
A class action suit on behalf of as many as 168,500 patients of Los Angeles County medical facilities has been been filed against Sutherland Healthcare Solutions because of a breach their medical records. Sutherland handles billing and collections for the county's Department of Health Services and the county's Department of Public Health...
News Release
7/20/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog warned today that an attempt to “harmonize” California’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act with the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act could weaken privacy protections for patients. The CMIA provides stronger privacy protections than HIPAA. In...