Patient Privacy

There should be no dispute that patients control the distribution of their medical information. The world has changed and the “sacred” patient/doctor relationship no longer exists. We live in a world of islands of interactions often not well connected. Hospitalists take over care should you enter a hospital having never seen the patient previously and never to see the patient again. Insurers would like nothing better than to rate everything and charge for health issues even if not well documented–guilty until proven innocent.

I’m sympathetic to the patient who for whatever reason doesn’t want to have everything on their record revealed to anyone with access for all time. Perhaps some limitation will force the physician to spend more time with the patient and actually understand the patient’s problem, social milieu, and medical goals.

The question is how to implement such limitations.

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