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Length: 5 minutes, 29 seconds
Interviewer: Martopia Voice Talent
Interviewee: Deborah Peel, founder and chairman, Patient Privacy Rights Foundation
[00:00:08] Womans Voice: Welcome to this edition of Winners Playbook brought to you by Modern Healthcare and powered by Martopia. With each edition of Winners Playbook, listeners hear directly from the recipients of Modern Healthcares awards and honors programs.
[00:00:28] Martopia Voice Talent: Today we are speaking with Deborah Peel, founder and chairman of the Patient Privacy Rights Foundation. Good morning, Deborah, how are you?
[00:00:35] Deborah Peel: Im great, thank you.
[00:00:37] Martopia Voice Talent: Well, thank you for joining us today, and lets get started. What is your reaction to being named to the ranking of the 100 most powerful people in healthcare by readers of Modern Healthcare magazine?
[00:00:48] Deborah Peel: It was a stunning and completely unexpected surprise. I had never even thought that I would be on the ballot, and then to be named number four was just an incredible experience.
[00:01:03] Martopia Voice Talent: Its quite an accomplishment, and with that being said can you tell us what the biggest issue facing healthcare today might be?
[00:01:10] Deborah Peel: Well, the biggest issue facing healthcare today really is how are we going to use technology? Are we going to design a healthcare where the most sensitive information on earth, your personal medical records, genetic records, prescription records, are used and shared endlessly by corporate America and the government, or are we going to use technology to strengthen and guarantee the rights that Americans have always had in the healthcare system, the right to control who can see and use their personal information. And it was such a welcomed honor to be elected number four because we took that to mean that truly the leaders of healthcare industries in America have come to realize that consumers simply wont go see doctors, they wont trust the healthcare system unless they know that they control access to their personal information.
[00:02:09] Martopia Voice Talent: And how are you trying to wield your power or influence to address that issue?
[00:02:12] Deborah Peel: In every possible way Patient Privacy Rights tries to reach out to Americans through our coalition for privacy, which is a bipartisan coalition of close to 50 organizations that also believe that our rights should be restored. We reach out to the media, the trade journals, as well as the national media. We try to reach out to radio and TV shows and, of course, we spend a lot of time trying to educate members of Congress and their staff about how critical privacy is in healthcare. At least in healthcare every American knows that they alone should control who sees their health information. If we dont restore that right of control, that right to privacy in healthcare, were never going to reclaim it in all of the other areas where our personal information is used.
For example, we really have no rights or ownership of our own financial or commercial information. Thats crazy, especially now, since technology can allow us to control access to all electronic information. So we really believe that our work in the healthcare system to restore privacy is going to have a ripple effect throughout the entire economy. Because, for example, why should you have to pay a credit bureau to find out what your credit rating is? Why shouldnt companies and individuals that want to know your financial status have to pay you and have to check with you? Why dont we even own our financial information? So we feel very, very strongly that Americans are going to demand that Congress restore privacy rights, first of all and most importantly, in healthcare, because healthcare information should never be used as it is today by corporations and financial institutions, insurers and schools to discriminate against us. And, even worse, to limit the opportunities that our children and grandchildren will have.
[00:04:19] Martopia Voice Talent: Well, we thank you for your advocacy, because it is certainly something that affects all of us. Again, congratulations on being named one of the 100 powerful people in healthcare by readers of Modern Healthcare magazine.
[00:04:33] Deborah Peel: Well, were so grateful, me personally, for that honor, and also Patient Privacy Rights. And we hope that the listeners will go to our Web site, patientprivacyrights.org and become an e-advocate. Everyone knows that the greater number of people you have that are members the greater your power in Congress, and so we need everyones help and well keep you well-informed about whats going on and what you can do to restore privacy.
[00:04:59] Martopia Voice Talent: Thank you very much for your time today. We have been speaking with Deborah Peel, founder and chairman of the Patient Privacy Rights Foundation.
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