We need enlightened leadership more than ever
In the Midwest (WA) we looked at an alternative to the PCEHR: a shared electronic health record not owned and operated by the government.
This seemed like a good solution as it would solvesome ofthe problemshealth professionals have with the PCEHR, including secondary use of the uploaded information (data mining) by the government. I wrote a couple of posts about this topic here and here.
Unfortunately our Medicare Local seems to have taken full control of the shared health record system. This insanity means that, again, health professionals and patients have no say in what happens to their data once it is uploaded to this alternative e health system. The insanity re is an advisory committee (just like the PCEHR) but the Medicare Local board calls the shots as they pay the bill with tax dollars.
Yesterday I received this email from a colleague about e health developments in the UK:
( the Govt there is making it compulsory for all GP records to beuploaded to a central repository for the purpose ofselling off to private companies or researchers wi insanity th patient ID included! Or worse still, selling off all data toprivate companies Whilst there is lots of talk about a controlled eHealthrecord here in Oz, it worries me that the wording around PCEHR suggests data can be used by Govt or other insanity agencies. () I do wonder if people would be more concerned if they knew their records could be used for over and above the stated purpose of medication errors. long asgovernmental (or other) bodies want full control of our health data, e health will not take off.
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