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Medical record privacy is an important issue of the 1990s. This NebGuide focuses on access to our medical records, the risks of inappropriate use of medical records, and what you as a health consumer can do should you face those risks.

Many of us think our medical records are confidential, seen only by our doctors. The truth is, however, a number of people have access to them. The real question is whether we have true privacy of our medical records.

Think of all the information in your medical records. In addition to diagnostic and testing information, they contain the details of your family history, genetic testing, history of diseases and treatments, history of drug use, sexual orientation and testing for sexually transmitted diseases.