America is a nation of choice.
Especially to someone who can remember only two government-controlled TV channels as a pre-teen in India in the 1980s, the choice that we as Americans have not only in terms of the idiot box, but everything else, is sometimes dizzying.
That choice has become even more widespread with advances in technology. We are forever making choices. We are constantly opting in and out.
Except when it comes to healthcare. There, no matter what we would prefer, we are held fast to HIPAA. Imagine being only allowed to communicate using feather quills and ink while email and texting were readily available.
Now Dr. Mark Blatt, Intel's Worldwide Medical Director, is expounding a radical though rational idea. Let patients decide whether they want to opt out of HIPAA guidelines. Blatt recently...