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Electronic Health Records Now In All US Military Hospitals 86

smitty777 writes "Information Week is reporting on the inclusion of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) in all US military hospitals. This is significant in that it allows the sharing of patient information on a worldwide scale, improving care. This is leading a national trend currently motivated by HIT Meaningful Use legislation, which provides incentives for civilian physicians to adopt EHRs. Not that the adoption is without challenges. The usability of EHRs is also an ongoing concern."
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Electronic Health Records Now In All US Military Hospitals

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  • by James Youngman ( 3732 ) <jay@g[ ]org ['nu.' in gap]> on Sunday June 19, 2011 @07:56AM (#36490378) Homepage

    If by "scares" you mean manufactured, misleading hyperbole, you're wrong. There are tens of thousands of adverse drug interactions annually in the UK (and more in the USA). Many of these are avoidable (they're not just drug-drug interactions, adverse drug-condition or drug-{age,procedure} interactions occur too) and key to avoiding this is delivering timely, accurate information to your healthcare providers.

    Keeping yourself off the relevant clinical databases is a choice and a compromise of risks; on the one hand the risk that your data will be leaked and on the other hand that your choice to equip your clinicians with less information will cause you to get less effective treatment in the future.

    In some senses this is a balancing of benefits to do different people; first, your healthy, vigorous, young self. Second, your elderly, sick, incapacitated self. The latter cares most about the privacy angle but I'm pretty sure the latter cares most about the quality of care. But it would too late for the elderly you to benefit their treatment by reversing the decision made by their younger self.

  • by couchslug ( 175151 ) on Sunday June 19, 2011 @08:12AM (#36490442)

    As a vet, waiting for paper records was a hassle. Gimme instant access, and equally important give my Tricare providers instant access.

    I don't give a damn if they stream my colonoscopy video on Redtube or if Slashdot uses my hernia scar for a background.

    I want efficient medical care, and must say the military has done well for me for 30 years (active and retired).

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