In response to Kim Slocum's letter EHR benefits outweigh privacy concerns:
Concerns over privacyespecially on data-mining, background checks as well as insurance and credit profilingare not trivial. Nor are they delaying tactics any more than insisting that a plane have enough fuel is a tactic to delay takeoff. These issues must be addressed now before a de facto standard makes it impossible.
A more holistic approachputting limits on how anonymously interpreted personal data can be used against us, for examplewould do just as well, and cover an additional multitude of upcoming problems.
We all agree that easy access to critical information is very, very importantin the right hands. In the wrong hands, it can mean ruining someone's life. Yes. It's that important.
Rob OakleyInterface analystPen Bay HealthcareRockland, MaineTo submit a letter to YOUR VIEWS, click here. Please include your name, title and hometown.