Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Do no harm: should medical records go online?

Do no harm: should medical records go online?:
"If congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-Rhode Island) and former congressman Newt Gingrich (R-Georgia) have their way, all U.S. hospitals will have patient records online by 2015. Representative Kennedy will soon introduce a bill to Congress that would create a paperless hospital system at a cost of $5 billion. From a security perspective, of course, this has its relative pros and cons.

Kennedy and Gingrich argue that patients suffer from mistakes as a result of an antiquated paper record system. That's true; life and death decisions are still made without access to relevant patient records that are often locked in a file cabinet down the hall. So, on the surface, the ability for a doctor to instantly call up a patient's medical history from a single database sounds like a good thing. Or does it? "

con·cept: Do no harm: should medical records go online?