7/22/2010

Political decisions clearly infect Obama's electronic health records

HIV apparently isn't an important health issue. Going to the doctor for the flu will be in your records but not HIV infections. Why shouldn't information on HIV or abortions be counted? Why are those the exceptions?

Dr. David Blumenthal, the Obama administration's National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, said on Tuesday that patients can choose to omit procedures such as abortions and positive HIV tests from the electronic health records (EHR) that every American is supposed to have by 2014 under the terms of the economic stimulus law that President Barack Obama signed last year.

Blumenthal's office, a subdivision of the Department of Health and Human Services, was created by the stimulus law specifically to generate the standards and regulations that will govern the federally mandated use of EHRs. . . .

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Blogger John A said...

Excrement of a male domestic bovine. According to this, ANY info can be kept out of records at the patient's request. Supposedly, this is already true for hard-copy records. All of which will come as a surprise to thousands of doctors and millions of patients.
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OK, technically the laws of which I am aware are mostly at State or local level rather than Federal, so I suppose the claim is correct if that stipulation is made.

7/22/2010 2:24 PM  

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