At her weekly therapy sessions, Julie revealed her most uncomfortable secrets: depression, childhood sexual abuse. Her psychiatrist would type a summary of the visits into Julie’s computerized medical record, which was available to any doctor within the sprawling Partners HealthCare system who cared for her. She believes she should control who sees her psychiatrist’s notes, and the clash is an example of the delicate privacy issues patients, hospitals, and doctors are wrestling with as electronic medical records become widespread.
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