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News Posted on February 13, 2014

Professor Ikemoto Comments for San Francisco Chronicle on Privacy and Medical Records

Professor Lisa Ikemoto commented on privacy and medical records for a San Francisco Chronicle report on hackers who penetrated the online security systems of three of the nation's largest manufacturers of medical equipment. It is unclear what they were after, but one target may have patient medical records, the article states.

"Personal information is protected for a reason," Professor Ikemoto said, noting that patients whose information is compromised could face discrimination from employers, schools and insurers. Federal health privacy laws normally apply to doctors or hospitals, but they can also cover medical device makers who consult with physicians or help fit or test a device, Ikemoto said.

Lisa Ikemoto teaches bioethics and health law courses at the UC Davis School of Law. She has written extensively on genetic and reproductive technology, the regulation of fertility and pregnancy, and race and gender disparities in health care. Her current work examines emerging issues in regenerative medicine, including stem cell research, and the human tissues market.

San Francisco Chronicle