[ Wednesday, May 14, 2008 ]
Privacy Needed for E-Prescribing Efforts:
The Coalition for Patient Privacy has asked Congress to implement 11 specific measures
to make sure that the drive toward electronic prescribing of medications does not lead to the disclosure of patient medical information. Some of the measures will simply slow down the progress toward e-prescribing (which is already hampered by the fact that narcotics can't be e-prescribed), such as allowing any physician to opt out of e-prescribing and go paper-only. Others, such as requiring annual reports to patients of everyone who accessed their data, are ridiculous overreactions.
Sorry, there's not much balance here between the benefits of e-prescribing and the potential risk to privacy.
Jeff [4:27 PM]
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