Katrina shows the need to computerize health records

“Federal health officials are working to open a database of prescription drug records to help Hurricane Katrina evacuees piece their health care back together.

The project, still developing three weeks after the disaster, underscores the glaring reality that the hurricane destroyed medical records of untold numbers of people, possibly complicating treatment decisions for years to come.

And it’s focusing new attention on the need for computerized medical records, accessible in an emergency even if the patient is far from home or their doctor’s office no longer exists.”

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  • Anonymous

    yes–well, HIPAA has proved a great boon to government and insurance company’s snooping ability. Doctors who want computerized records are taking us towards a Big Brother solution.

    Freedom-loving solution? Allow individuals to keep their own medical records, and–if they want to back them up–they can. Thus, the cost and benefits of having a record is borne by the person who cares the most–the patient.

  • Anonymous

    I understand the convenience factor of electronic medical records, but it would affect the type of information I was willing to share with the physician – I would be much less likely to share embarrassing information. Thank goodness my physician doesn’t use an EMR(at least for now). It just makes it too easy for people to get access to info they don’t need to have. Of course the same could be said for fax machines – I received a fax at my home regarding some patient’s viagra prescription – it was obviously meant for a pharmacy. I called the physician’s office to let them know. I’m sure that patient would have been a little peeved to know his personal info ended up in my home office.

  • Anonymous

    god forbid that people keep track of their own medications and medical problems. goes right along with the somebody else will take care of it philosophy that permeates america right now.

  • Anonymous

    Centralized medical records would certainly not be welcome by the drug abusing clientel who spend their life in migration from ER to ER perfecting their concocted stories and honing their acting skills in order to score some demerol.

  • Anonymous

    Well, I’m not part of the “drug abusing clientel who spend their life in migration from ER to ER perfecting their concocted stories and honing their acting skills in order to score some demerol,” but I still don’t welcome the idea of an EMR. I don’t think that it is necessarily pertinent for the dermatologist to know that back in 2000 a patient was treated for depression, for example. He can most likely safely remove the macule without that data. I’m not the only person that feels concern over this being a potential privacy issue – doesn’t mean we’re doing dope.

  • Anonymous

    People here take comments far too seriously. No one is personally accusing you of using dope. It is just a comment that there are some people who are.

    Some people (not you) will emphatically deny they have ever had any type of evaluation for their headaches, chest pain, (insert any ailment here). In truth they were just admitted at another hospital last month and had 50,000 dollars worth of MRI’s, angiograms, consultations, etc.

    Sure patients should have the choice not to have certain histories disclosed, but having heart catheterazion, radiology reports, pacemaker information, etc. available would save time, money and lives.