SPOTLIGHT: Consumers won't trust government, vendors with health data

Finally, someone is talking about a different kind of healthcare reform than the debate that's raged for the better part of a year over expanding insurance coverage. And this part promises to be even more difficult than addressing the problem of the uninsured. We're talking about privacy of electronic health records. Just 27 percent of 868 respondents to a new Ponemon Institute survey said they would trust the federal government to store or access their electronic health data. A similar number expressed confidence that a technology company like Google, Microsoft or General Electric would protect their privacy. FierceEMR