Stop the National Patient ID

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Congress is attempting to create a UNIQUE PATIENT IDENTIFIER (UPI) — a single federal number that would be used to track patients and digitally link all the confidential details of a person’s entire health history and medical record together.

This would include diagnoses, medications, confidential conversations with doctors, tests, labs, treatments, behaviors, genetic information, health histories, and the emerging “social determinants of health” data, gathering in electronic health records (EHRs) aspects such as living arrangements, income, relationships, family members, housing, occupation, education, and much more.

The entire medical record would become an easily accessible DOSSIER on all Americans, available online to countless outsiders nationwide in the national health data system the federal government is building: the eHEALTH EXCHANGE, which is a distributed network of state health information exchanges (HIEs) and health system HIEs.

NOTE: HIPAA does not protect privacy. Despite how it’s been portrayed, HIPAA is known as a “permissive data-sharing” rule. The UPI is part of HIPAA.

A NATIONAL PATIENT ID:
• eliminates Americans’ medical privacy rights;
• threatens personal autonomy;
• makes it nearly impossible to receive an unbiased, fresh second opinion regarding care; and
• creates a NATIONAL SECURITY RISK by offering hackers and foreign governments, such as Russia, China and North Korea, a rich target of Internet-accessible data on all Americans.

The UPI has been stopped for more than two decades by language in the appropriations bills, written by U.S. Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) and U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). The language prohibits the establishment and funding of the UPI. But that protective language has now been stripped out by Democrat leadership in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.

URGENT ACTION NEEDED: a decision is likely to be made by the MARCH 11 DEADLINE for an appropriations bill.

Please contact the members of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and your U.S. Senators and ask them to uphold the long-standing BAN on the establishment of and funding for the UPI.

PHONE CALLS are best because they cannot be ignored, but please send your request to them by email and social media. Thank you!
"As a physician, I know firsthand how the doctor-patient relationship relies on trust and privacy, which will be thrown into jeopardy by a National Patient ID."

Rand Paul, MD

U.S. Senator