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Covered California’s Plan To Collect Health Info Raises Concerns

Covered California wants to tap into the health data of its 1.4 million enrollees. But privacy rights experts are raising some questions.

Exchange officials say they’re planning to create a large database with information on patients’ doctor and hospital visits, and prescription drugs. The information could be used to determine whether patients are getting appropriate care.

Pam Dixon, executive director of the San Diego-based World Privacy Forum, said people should have been given the option to keep their records out of the database.