Checkpoint: Internet Databases
October 7, 2011
I think that the benefits of having medical information electronically stored in an internet database can be many things. One of the major benefits would be if something happened to you or a loved one and the ambulance needs to pick them up, they can have access to your information. This can in turn help save your life. The information is already in the database in the event that you do not remember or cannot speak at the moment. In the event that you go to a hospital where your regular doctors are not around, they can access your information. This helps so you do not receive the wrong medication which can lead to serious injuries or even death. Having this information on hand makes it easier for the medical staff to handle your particular situation. Say if you are out of town where no one knows you and an emergency occurs, just by accessing your name the medical staff can help you.
The concerns of course would be others accessing your information without your consent. Having the information stored in an Internet database can lead to others attempting to pay for your information, records being sold through blackmail, or even stolen. Having personal information out there is a violation of your privacy. Another concern is someone who does not pertain to your particular situation accessing your information. Hackers can get into the system and leak your information. This can be embarrassing depending on the type of information listed in your records. Just knowing that your personal information is on an internet database can be very scary and a concern all on its own.
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