Volume 26 Issue 3, March 2020
Comment | 11 March 2020
Hospitals should act now to notify patients about research use of their data and biospecimens
Private industry is increasingly soliciting hospitals to sell or share health data and biospecimens, but current laws offer more disclosure and consent protections for research participants than for patients receiving clinical care. Hospitals can offer more protections than required by law, however, and should move toward greater transparency with their patients about the research use of clinical health data and biospecimens to respect patients and avoid distrust.