A new medical information privacy bill introduced by the House would let patients see how their medical records are used and whether companies are tracking them.
The Privacy Protection Act, which would allow individuals to get more information about health data and provide greater protections for personal information, would apply to companies that hold or receive patient information.
The legislation comes as the Trump administration prepares to move forward with legislation that would require medical providers to turn over the medical records of people who have been charged with a crime.
That bill would also require health insurers to provide access to the medical information of people with serious health problems.
Health care providers have been under increasing pressure to get the data out to the public in recent months, as the government has increased pressure on hospitals and health care providers to hand over patient records.
Rep. Mike Doyle, R-Pa., the bill’s sponsor, said in a statement Wednesday that the bill would make sure patients have the right to know what is going on with their medical information.
“Healthcare providers are facing unprecedented pressure to share patient information and are working diligently to get access to patients’ medical records, but the bill that we are introducing today will provide more transparency and protections for patients, particularly for those with serious medical conditions,” Doyle said.
“This bill will provide the privacy protections patients deserve.”
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board issued a report last year that found the federal government and some states have not fully complied with a federal law that requires providers to provide consumers with more information on their medical data.
The report said the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) has been aware of numerous examples of companies using health information to track patients.
The GAO report found that some health information was being collected without patients’ consent, including medical records that patients voluntarily chose to keep.
“When a patient’s medical records aren’t protected from the kind of mass surveillance that has been found to be widespread in other countries, there is no reason to expect privacy and civil liberties protections to be guaranteed in the United States,” said Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., in a release Wednesday.