Case Study 3
September 27, 2010
Should Google organize your Medical Records
1) To begin with, one of the main concepts that comes up is the concept of privacy. By digitizing medical records people will be opening many doors for security breaches. If the company or provider does not have strong privacy protection guidelines, then personal data will easily be accessible to anyone who could obtain the information and most likely will use and abuse the information obtained. The stakeholders in all for all of this are the patients who have records digitized, health care customers, government health offices, medical professionals and the companies looking to get into the business of medical record keeping. By having medical records be electronic presents a hazard to privacy violations which can cause repercussions to people win many harmful ways. This can directly affect people with their health insurance or occupations, as was the case in Patrica Galvins horror story mentioned in the article. The article also touches on accountability, liability, and responsibility of the companies providing the service and product of digitizing medical records.
2) The current medical record keeping system is based on the traditional paper-filing system. Only about 15 percent is currently digitally recorded. In the traditional setting records are copied and duplicates are given to patients and doctors. This system is a very slow process and inefficient at times. The process becomes difficult to share with other doctors and insurance companies. It is also very expensive because you need a lot of people to file and handle paperwork. By having electronic medical records everything will be available at your fingertips with the click of a few buttons. You can transfer a lot of information and it will be all paperless, but on the other hand, it opens a gateway for security breaches in the system.
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