[ Monday, March 14, 2005 ]


Doctors and email: An interesting article on a pilot program at Vanderbilt University where doctors are incentivized to keep closer tabs on their patients via email. A secure web server is used for privacy, but the idea is to see if quality improvements come about without higher cost by using technology. People are used to using email, and some of us can't live without it. We buy books and plane tickets that way; go grocery shopping, get our movie tickets, and pay our traffic tickets that way; we communicate with our brokers and bankers via email, why not our doctors?

HIPAA is a big reason, of course. But Gramm-Leach-Bliley puts privacy restrictions on banks and brokerage houses, and we still feel free to email them. Something to ponder.

Jeff [11:02 AM]

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