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RTI public comment period 'a sham': reader


Posted: August 29, 2007 - 12:01 am ET
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In response to Joseph Conn's "RTI report includes controversial EHR requirement":

The public comment period made available by RTI International is a sham. Who in the public would ever know that the study had been commissioned and where they could make a public comment. And why did it take so long to release the report? They knew the real public would be outraged.

Only 5% of the population has ever heard of RTI, and the healthcare community (those who may have heard of RTI) does not routinely monitor the RTI site for the existence of such a comment period.

I think the comment from the IT executive asking for access to the payer's system is on the money. Chittaranjan Mallipeddi, chief executive officer of MedPlexus in Sunnyvale, Calif., said: "For fair play, I think physicians should ask to have access (to payers' systems). The payers should be open to that."

Much of the National Health Information Network effort is a lie clothed in deception: the deception of its alleged prime motivation—about improving healthcare for human beings. It really is a way for the CMS and all payers to continue to deny paying for necessary medical services.

Why would a provider now want to have an electronic health record, since it really is meant to function as spyware? And why would a member of the public ever want a personal health record so that the payers can access that via the EHR interface in the future?

I am in the industry and I am outraged. You really can't trust the government. This is just another example.

Will Anderson

Healthcare consultant

Raleigh, N.C.



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