In response to Todd Sloane's editorial "Scrap the national IT plan":
Obviously, there is a great deal of passion about this topic. Consider that the idea of having current medical information available to my caregivers wherever I may travel across the U.S. is a good one! It may save my life. Where we struggle is with the solution provided. Before we lose sight of the goal, let's take another hard look at the options. To capture information from disparate systems is difficult at best and there are many cultural issues to overcome. There is only one common thread throughout this whole discussion. It's me and youthe patients. Imbedding a chip may be a solution, but again, the issue is making current information available in the moment, in the emergency department. I could also carry a flash drive on my key chain with a link to a Web site that has my current informationthat I maintain. But could the paramedics access the information prior to getting to the hospital? Maybe.
I'm not sure the solution is to scrap the entire plan, but it may be. Let's spend more energy focusing on the goalimproved outcomes for all of us patients.
Linda CenterProgram managerPeaceHealthEugene, Ore. To submit a letter to YOUR VIEWS, click here. Please include your name, title and hometown.