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January 30th, 2009
03:07 PM ET

Medical data must graduate from cave

Dr. Jack Lewin
The Atlanta Journal Constitution

In today's world there are too many prescriptions, too many procedures, and too many variables for doctors still to be relying on paper records that cannot be readily cross-referenced, shared or accessed. Systems that share medical records, warn of drug interactions and facilitate the process of healing are absolutely necessary.

It's a shame that many in the medical community have resisted progress, and it is unfortunate our government has not stepped in to promote implementation and adoption of health IT infrastructure and standards.

Both President Barack Obama and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary-designate Tom Daschle have committed to improving this country's health IT infrastructure. During his Senate confirmation hearing, Daschle said that health IT needs to be "a higher priority" and that the government needs to set standards. Hopefully that is more than just talk.

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  1. Annie Kate

    Converting medical records into digital records would be good – it would also make it easier when patients switch doctors. However, security needs to be looked at and incorporated diligently in any kind of system that is come up with. I don't want just anyone being able to access my medical records and without a good security system hackers could play havoc with the system – better to put security in up front rather than after a hackers attack.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:28 pm |

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