The article explores the various legal and ethical pitfalls associated with EMRs…and it’s incredibly fascinating. And it is a little scary, to realize that the creation of a national database would have far reaching effects onto the delivery of care and the provisions of privacy (or lack thereof). One thing that struck me was the discussion of HIPPA and privacy, citing Supreme Court dialogs about the privacy of a persons’ medical record.
Being involved in an EMR transition project it brought up things I didn’t really consider and it is great food for thought. It’s heavy reading but well worth it.