Doctors and Patients Want EMR and Privacy Protection

Monday, February 14, 2011

Jack Anderson

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Markle Study: 80% of Doctors and Patients Want EMR and Privacy Protection

Astoundingly, while House Republicans are drafting bills to rescind the HITECH Act and eviscerate "meaningful use", roughly 80% of doctors and patients agree that it is important to have EMRs and to protect privacy. 

One hopes and believes that with the Senate and the President protecting HITECH that we have at least until 2013 to implement what I feel is  the most important program in healthcare today. 

If your goal is to improve patient care and reduce cost, nothing will have more impact than HITECH and meaningful use which won't happen without the stimulus funds. 

I am fortunate to belong to what I believe will become a model program for healthcare delivery. 

I have had Kaiser in Northern California for almost a decade and the strides that they have made in patient communication are commendable.  I routinely have email conversations with my doctor which saves me the time and trouble of visits and of course saves the provider money also. 

I order my prescriptions online and have them delivered by mail.  When I have tests done they are available the same day and of course I can look at my complete history of tests to see the trends.  I make my appointments on-line. 

And, of course, any Kaiser doctor can see my complete medical history for the last decade on-line.  I can also get a thumb drive with my history to carry with me when I travel. 

I am sure there is much more available to me but these are the things I use routinely.  What is also interesting is that now this is all available to me through Medicare (yes, I am that old) so my costs are roughly $125 dollars a month including dental and eye care through the Advantage program. 

The Markle Study can be found here:

http://www.markle.org/publications/1461-public-and-doctors-overwhelmingly-agree-health-it-priorities-improve-patient-care

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shawn merdinger imho, this article is unfocused on the headline issue.

Privacy and security may be what doctors and patients want, but all business wants is compliance and lower costs.

I challenge anyone here to find a comprehensive and technical security hardening guide from any major EMR solution out there and post a link to this thread.

Forget carrying around your medical information on a USB. I fear that soon it will be on the search engines.

--scm
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shawn merdinger http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/print/9210061/U.S._patients_trust_docs_but_not_e_health_records_survey_shows

"Thirty-five percent of 1,000 survey respondents indicated they are worried that their health information will end up widely available on the Internet. And, half of the respondents believe that electronic health records (EHRs) will have a negative impact on the privacy of their health data. Surprisingly, 24% of respondents said they don't even trust themselves with access to their own records."
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Jack Anderson Patients are worried and rightfully so since ove 6 million patient records were reported breached last year. This is why privacy and information security programs are vital to the success of EHRs. HHS needs to publish The Final Rule and covered entities, business associates and Subs need to become HIPAA compliant.
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