After reading the electronic readings for the week and doing some research of my own, it seems to me that there are almost as many benefits as there are concerns about having medical information electronically stored in an internet database that do not limit the use of patient records to a doctor's office. One concern about electronically stored medical records in an internet database is that not every medical facility has electronic patient records, so it would not benefit these facilities at all. There are also other concerns about security, confidentiality of patient records, identity theft, and the fear of patient records being lost, stolen, or even sold. There are some benefits to having medical information electronically stored in an internet database. For example, according to Govtech.com (2012) “a study in the March edition of the Journal of Psychiatric Practice, the medication error rate at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore dropped from 27.89 per 1,000 patient days to 3.43 per 1,000 patient days over a five-year period.” Another benefit is that it can help improve delivery of care as well as cost of care because physicians will have access to all of a patient's medical information which “majorities agree could reduce healthcare costs, decrease medical errors, and reduce redundant testing” (Govtech.com, 2012). As for myself, I am all for having medical records electronically stored in an internet database as long as there is some level of confidentiality and privacy. I think having my medical records stored electronically in a database would make it so much easier for doctors, especially in the case of an emergency, because they would not have to wait to get my information or “guess” at what the issue is and they would be able to treat me correctly and faster.
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