[ Monday, November 15, 2010 ]


EMRs versus Privacy: followers of this blog know that I like to point out how almost every effort to increase access to medical records almost always improve care, but decrease privacy. If you want the best possible medical care, make sure every possible provider of medical care or advice has your medical information; broadcast it far and wide, because there might be someone in some far-flung locale who has seen your exact issue and dealt with it successfully. But that is the exact opposite of medical record privacy. If you want the best privacy, don't let anyone see your medical records, even your own doctor.

EMRs sit at this intersection between quality increases due to information exchange, and privacy concerns that balk at any information exchange. Here's a good article on how discussions about EMR adoption highlight these privacy concerns.

UPDATE: Here's another article.

Jeff [7:35 AM]

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