That is nasty business to me I think those questions are insensitive, stupid and very intrusive I can’t think of any situation where a dermatologist will need to know any of that but the scary fact is all doctors of any field will be pushed to ask for you because of the new law.
Embarrassing though it may be, you confide things to a doctor you wouldn’t tell anyone else. But this is entirely different. Doctors and hospitals who don’t comply with the federal government’s electronic-health-records requirements forgo incentive payments now; starting in 2015, they’ll face financial penalties from Medicare and Medicaid. The Department of Health and Human Services has already paid out over $12.7 billion for these incentives.
You’re medical history is a story to be told between you and your doctor for treatment and your benefit only but these new requirements are turning it into an interrogation and none of this data will be confidential and Lack of confidentiality is what concerns me Electronic medical records have enormous benefits, but with one click of a mouse, every piece of information in a patient’s record, including the social history, is transmitted, disclosing too much. The social-history questions also include whether you’ve ever used drugs, including IV drugs. As the NYCLU cautioned, revealing a patient’s past drug problem, even if it was a decade ago, risks stigma.
The administration is