Signing the HIPAA Form is Not Required

The HIPAA Privacy rule doesn’t ensure patient privacy and could actually do more harm than good. Patients and healthcare workers believe that signing the HIPAA notice protects their privacy and that their private information will not be shared. This is a misconception since the data will be shared whether the form is signed or not. … Continued

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When Paperwork Outweighs Patient Care

A recently hospitalized patient was met by a nurse with a computer monitor asking him to rate his pain on a scale of 1 to 10. This is what medical care has become in the age of electronic records. These records are notoriously inefficient, burdensome, and impersonal, yet charting is what medical personnel are evaluated … Continued

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Taking Control of Your Medical Records

Leaving your health records solely in the hands of doctors and hospitals is a big mistake. This gives them too much power over your information and increases possibility for errors. When you are in control of your own records, you can give out information to specialists, for second opinions, and when shopping for affordable health … Continued

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Hundreds of Newborns to have Genomes Sequenced

Genome sequencing would not replace the newborn screening tests most states require. They are researching if sequencing is better than regular screening at detecting genetic disorders, immune function, as well as metabolic disorders. Researchers believe that cataloguing a newborn’s genome from birth will become part of their electronic health record for life. Some think that … Continued

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Patients and their physicians should own their own data

The government offers physicians incentives and rebates if they convert their practices to have electronic health records.  These systems are very expensive, requiring new equipment and training for the specialized programs.  This system sends all patient data to the insurance companies, and in turn, the government.  Sending off private data like this destroys patient privacy … Continued

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Electronic Health Records: 16% of Hospitals, 9% of Doctors Get Medicare Incentive Pay

The government tries so hard to sell electronic health records to doctors, telling them they will make their lives so much easier and providing physicians with cash if they convert over.  This way of keeping records may look good on the surface, but the costs are so great with buying new equipment and training your staff to use the … Continued

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A Physician’s Solution to Healthcare

In the 1950s, unemployment was low and most families had private insurance.  Then came Medicare and Medicaid, government programs created to “help” the poor and elderly, help via tax dollars from the public.  In a bad economy, the public cannot afford to “give” or be taxed any more to provide these free services.  Hospitals are … Continued

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