Dallas — A federal court judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked an executive order issued by the Trump administration that would have allowed health care companies to sell their health information directly to hospitals.
The order by U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in Washington, D.C., had been blocked by the courts in Texas and Maryland.
It had been expected to take effect on April 5, but it is now expected to expire on March 23.
Sullivan’s order said that the order was issued in the “public interest.”
The order had been the subject of an ongoing lawsuit brought by two medical providers, Dr. David M. Pomerantz and Dr. Bruce M. Schatz, and the American Hospital Association.
The lawsuit has been ongoing for a year.
Schatz said in a statement that the decision “was made for the good of patients and patients’ health.
It will allow doctors and patients to continue to get the health care they need to get better.””
As we have repeatedly said, patients are not getting better when we take away their right to make their own health care decisions,” said Schatz.
“The Trump Administration’s action threatens our ability to protect the privacy of millions of Americans.”
Schatz and Pomeranz argued that the administration has not adequately explained how its order will prevent privacy violations by hospitals.
The order requires hospitals to collect and share health information for their patients, and hospitals must report their data to the federal government.
Schutz said the order “would allow hospitals to sell the health information they collect directly to the medical device and device manufacturer, who then sells it to other healthcare providers for use in a myriad of ways.”
“The order will be detrimental to the health of millions and millions of people in the United States, but most importantly to the millions of doctors and hospitals that are in the business of providing health care for patients,” he said.
Schultz and Pomerez are represented by the American Civil Liberties Union.
The lawsuit was brought by a group of health care provider groups called Physicians for Open Access to Health Information, which is also suing the administration for its plan to require healthcare providers to disclose patient data.
In a brief filed with the court, the plaintiffs argued that releasing the information to the manufacturers would lead to an “unnecessary transfer of health information to unaffiliated parties.”
The plaintiffs argued in their brief that the plan would be “unprecedented in its scope and scope of data collection and use.”
Schultz told reporters that the plaintiffs have until April 5 to file an emergency motion with the U.A.E. court in Washington to stay the order.
The American Medical Association also filed a brief in support of the plaintiffs, arguing that the executive order “does not violate the Constitution.”