In comments to the Department of Health and Human Services, EPIC criticized the agency's proposed revisions to confidentiality rules for substance abuse patient records. The proposal would weaken consent requirements for disclosing patient records and allow linkage of substance abuse records to other databases. EPIC explained that patient privacy and public health policy require strong confidentiality protections. EPIC warned that the changes proposed by HHS would compromise record confidentiality and reduce the effectiveness of public health programs. EPIC consistently advocates for strong confidentiality protections for medical records.