In response to Joseph Conn's "HITSP approves privacy and security constructs":
I read your article and must let you know that as a healthcare professional, I have been following via e-mail subscription, the committee member posts and workings for the Health Level Seven team. They are to be admired in their diligence and discussions on getting a global perspective on electronic versions of healthcare records.
I, for one, am not an information technology specialist, yet I contract with medical center providers in Cleveland and see the difference in the electronic health-record systems currently employed. It is my belief that the HL7 team working on an EHR system is the way to gofor "the greater good." The approach is consistent, using teams that are divided into special areas that address issues of the EHR such as clinical, vocabulary or interoperability. Again, although I am not an IT specialist, I see how they work together as a team, often interjecting ideas that are consistent with cultivating a better end product. I would hope that eventually there is a standard EHR available so that if I travel globally, I can be assured that my medical records are able to be accessed, and not locked into some software database program (Epic/Oracle) that will not import into another program to gain access.
Kristina PortPort-Able ServicesNovelty, Ohio To submit a letter to YOUR VIEWS, click here. Please include your name, title and hometown.