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Electronic Medical Records, what about ATMs?

If we carry around little plastic cards with access to all our fiscal information on them and trust them more than cash as being safe to carry, why not keep medical records in a "bank" and access them when our health provider needs them through an "authorization" or swipe and pin code.

We need to mimic one things the bank's have done correctly and that is providing easy access to funds through ATMs. Use the model for transporting medical records, one swipe and a pin and you are set. Ever lose it? Call the bank and cancel your card since there is no actual information on it.

This was the previous posting on Electronic Records:

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certainly, the ATM model works because it's fairly simple in what it's trying to achieve. You can't go to the ATM and take out a mortgage. One way to get started building a capability that improves health would be to pick a task that is clearly going to help us provide better healthcare, like making sure patients have up-to-date electronic medication lists that are accessible.

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllscripts

I am not so familiar on this subject. Do you really think that we should place all our medical records in a bank? Needs to read more information on this. Thanks for the post.

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