I find it hard to believe that Modern Physician would print Tony Lennen's Sept. 8 letter to the editor as it was such a negative statement regarding an issue that is so important.
Yes, there are some who do not believe that privacy is important. I, personally, am very pleased that someone is looking out for my privacy and the privacy of anyone seeking medical attention. We can't always provide privacy, and here is one case where it is not possible. But I was happy to see that the "stupid federal regulators" had the foresight to anticipate these issues and deal with them upfront. I am glad someone (HHS) is thinking in Washington and staying in front of the Monday morning quarterbacks. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Let's focus on the positive and see how we can help those in New Orleans and save the negative energy for another venue.
Matthew Rhoa, M.D., medical director, specialty biotherapeutics, Genentech, San Francisco