An issue that has occasionally come up is whether there is a secondary use market for health information? Of course secondary use has been occurring for many years in the context of research, quality improvement, and public health. But does the data have commercial value? PriceWaterhouseCoopers has just published a report (attached) which describes the market for health information.
Based on a survey, the report notes that "Across the board, the vast majority (over 80 percent) of survey respondents cited privacy, legal implications, and public relations ramifications as concerns" for secondary use of health information, but these issues are seen as solvable problems rather than insurmountable problems.
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