Sep 30, 2009 Political
The government health care takeover calls for all medical records to be electronic. Electronic records can make life a lot easier and I have seen some amazing technology with regard to electronics and medical application. But, as with all electronic records, there is a chance that data will be compromised and someone who shouldn’t will gain access to the records. Look how many electronic data bases, government and private, have been compromised.
Patrick Kennedy said that sexually transmitted diseases and abortions will not be required to be reported in electronic medical records. The cynic might wonder about the abortions. Is this so they can be paid for with taxpayer money and not be recorded?
Probably not. Kennedy is worried about the data being compromised and people being embarrassed by it. Kennedy should know about items in medical records that could be embarrassing given his treatment for substance abuse.
Kennedy, probably without realizing it, told us that the electronic records might not be so secure after all. If they were then why would he want these items omitted (upon patient request)? They are not omitted from paper records because there is not a great a chance that they will be compromised. By asking that they not be included he has indicated that there is a concern that they would be inadvertently released. Therefore, the electronic records will not be as secure as the government wants you to believe.
I am having trouble understanding why these two items were selected by him. The left is proud of its support of abortion and it is a badge of honor for a young liberal woman to have an abortion and the younger the better.
Perhaps the STD issue is to allow people to exclude a positive HIV test.
No matter what the reason, Kennedy gave us a glimpse as to how secure the records will be.
He is not so sure or he would not want certain things omitted.