A short jaunt over to the EMR and HIPPA weblog led me to an interesting article in Time written by Scott Haig, MD. While Dr. Haig touches on a couple of positive features of electronic medical records (EMRs), he like many physicians, focuses on the negatives. He concludes that “Doctors and patients live in a world of painful, pressing questions. The great physicians I’ve known seek answers through personal commitment to each patient and judgment born of practical experience â€” neither of which I have found in a machine.” I think he is missing the point of an EMR.
Apparently some pharmacists are worried about personal health records
Healthcare IT Consultant Blog: “Pharmacistsâ€™ representatives have claimed that use of private health record services such as Google Health and Microsoft HealthVault could risk fragmentation of electronic patient records. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain said â€œthe proliferation of these systems and indiscriminate useâ€ could lead to information on drug allergies, possible interactions, duplications … Read more