Ohio builds electronic medical records system

Doctors and other care providers are using millions of dollars of federal money to build an electronic health records system.
Associated Press
Mar 29, 2013

The Plain Dealer reports that Ohio has received $531.3 million from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as of March 1.

The money has gone to more than 12,500 physicians, hospitals and others.

Dan Paoletti, CEO of the Ohio Health Information Partnership, says the goal of the electronic health records network is for treatment and diagnostic information to follow patients wherever they seek care.

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society says the initial cost for a provider to set up an electronic health records systems is $15,000 to $80,000.

Comments

Kimo

First step in "Health Care by the pound".

gotta happen....
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2cents

Next will be the tat on your neck so they can scan you when you go to the doctor, then when you are real ill they will send you off to be soylent green : )

Centauri

Kimo,

I have followed your comments for a couple of years. What is the real truth between body fat and human health?

Darkhorse

Nothing is private anymore. You can find out anything on anyone. Everything will be stored in a main frame data base. The government has more control over us then you think.

deertracker

This is necessary and will be good for all.

mammamia

My husband's lungs collapsed suddenly in early December, EMT's worked to bring him back before he could be transported, got to hospital before I did and while he was still unable to communicate for himself. Because his records were accessible ER personnel were immediately aware of his drug allergies, what his wishes were as to DNR or NOT - therefore avoiding a situation as we read about a few weeks ago when a health care worker refused to provide CPR! - and all of his care providers were linked in during his 8 day ICU stay and are all immediately up to date as his recovery progresses. The minor "loss of privacy" pales to the survival of a loved one, at least in our case.

2cents

mamma, if used correctly I agree. Unfortunately it is the government collecting data! High bidder, just like the social security money or maybe the insurance companies will begin to determine who is DNR and who is not?

mammamia

..odd you bring up the issue of DNR's.. in several "under the cone of silence conversations with health care workers and two insurance reps that it's "possssible .. at some point" .. someone goes in to ER hanging by a thread or goes life and death critical while already hospitalized .. if your wishes regarding DNR are not clearly noted on chart .. it's REMOTELY possible that whether or not to make extra efforts could be influenced by whether or not they'll be paid for .. and in the absence of a SAVE ME order, DO NOT RESUCITATE (sp) would be assumed, and there would NOT be payment. I'm NOT saying any doctor or hospital would make that decision based on financial considerations .. I'm saying we all need to think ahead about this difficult situation, make appropriate decisions BEFORE need, and make sure they're clearly communicated.

looking around

@ manmmamia Amen!

2cents

This article gives me an idea. I carry an organ donor card; I can add a web link to it for a personal folder in the cloud as they say, place all my medical information in there. If needed, heaven forbid an accident or something they could either harvest my parts, LOL or click on a link to see all my data and bring me around. No need for big brother in the picture at all!

wiredmama222

Several years ago I wrote up a small sheet for my husband and I to carry in our wallets. It lists all our medications on it, our allergies, our family doctor and number, past surgeries and a DNR request and living will statement that tells where it is. We each carry one for both of us in our wallets so there is no guesswork. Saves TONS of time at the ER if anything happens: they make copies right then and there. I update them if anything gets added or changed. Safe that way. You have no idea how that helps.

deertracker

It is not the gov't colleting data. These records only contain medical info and basic personal info for billing purposes. If you make sure you have a DNR the gov't would not be involved anyway.

wiredmama222

That isn't exactly true, deertracker. This is medical info being collected for research as well. Do not resusitate orders will be part of the data collected by all phases.

deertracker

Well, I have quite a bit of experience with electronic records and the only company that has ever inquired about said records are insurance companies. DNRs should be a part of the record. I think they should be mandatory because not everyone wants to live forever! So what if your medical situation is used for research. How does that harm you? Insurance companies use the info to either deny you coverage or raise your premiums. I guess that's okay, right? EMR is cost effective and saves lives if used properly.

gilamonster

The HITECH ACT of 2009 and Obamare will impose penalties on doctors and medical facilities that do not use electronic records. The goal is having a nationwide and unified database on everyones healthcare records. There are not enough laws in place to protect
how this information will be used. According to our own government 'health czars' some of your info can be used for research and developement; sweet...Only a matter of time until we have a Chancellory of Fuhrer and the new Obama T4 Program.......

arnmcrmn

When the government regulates something, as in this case, you better believe your sweet butt they will have access to it and use it.

The Big Dog's back

Paranoia strikes deep. Into your life it will creep.

deertracker

These wealthy doctors and healthcare institutions have no problem accepting that gov't money!

arnmcrmn

Accepting government money? What money is that? Oh you must mean Medicare? Accepting something is completely different than WORKinG for something. But I suppose you think DRs and hospitals should work for free? Many hospitals lose money on Medicare patients bevuse the reimbursements are crappy. If you need any more info just ask b

wiredmama222

The problem with this collection of data is that most insurance companies already have a great deal of info. My sister in law found that out the hard way when they got new medical insurance a few years ago. She had ONE bout with high blood pressure that lasted about two months. She lost weight and her blood pressure dropped, the doctor took her off the medicine immediately. When they went to get new insurance six years later....it showed up as her having hypertension. She doesn't HAVE hypertension, but somehow the insurance company knew that for a short period she was treated for it. How they knew, they wouldn't say. That is scarey that an insurance company would know something medical about you that lasted for a brief time only and wanted to "rate" you for it. No, they governement knows why too much and shares that data even when they swear they don't. I truly believe they do. They SELL their information. I can tell you tales from working in a doctor's office that would scare you to death. LOL