Speak Your Mind on Health Information Technology

Starting next Monday, October 27, there will be a national dialogue – conducted online – about health information technology and privacy.  While the campaign focus on health care has been on how and who should finance it, the transition from paper to electronic health records is a significant issue that does not attract a lot of public attention.  This dialogue will focus on privacy – how electronic records can or should be restricted and protected from individuals that have no business reading your health information.  The question that will frame the dialogue:

How can we use information technology to improve healthcare, while safeguarding privacy?

Health information technology legislation has been working through Congress, but has stalled, at least in part, due to privacy concerns.  Maybe this dialogue can hit on an idea to break through the legislative impass.

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One thought on “Speak Your Mind on Health Information Technology

  1. “Health information technology legislation has been working through Congress,…”

    The Founding Fathers (all except Hamilton ;-)) must be spinning in their graves.

    What authorization does Congress have to legislate on health information technology?

    As Madison once said, “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress…”

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