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DarrellP725
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DarrellP725,
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7/28/2014 | 5:43:51 PM
Re: Defending the value of EHR versus paper
"There are clear benefits to EHRs. You have to be willing to sacrifice some things to get them, like privacy or potential breaches or stolen identities etc etc etc to get them. That's just the way it is."

That is an incredible authoritarian claim that simply won't pass scrutiny with the general public, and I think you know it.

You so easily discount the danger of data breaches, yet if one's medical identity is stolen, the thieves have been known to imperceptively alter allergies and other information in order to use the victim's insurance. That danger simply does not happen with paper records. 
Alison_Diana
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7/28/2014 | 5:22:17 PM
Wall of Shame
When you view the wall of shame, many breaches are the result of stolen or lost laptops. Some HIPAA breaches are paper-based. It's imperative that healthcare organizations, as a whole, do a better job of securing patient records, no matter where they reside. 
vnewman2
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vnewman2,
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7/28/2014 | 3:43:55 PM
Re: Defending the value of EHR versus paper
Yes, again, I said this exactly in my previous post, people should get themselves informed and chose for themselves. I stated that very clearly in fact.

I don't get what you are saying. Are you saying there should be no EHRs then?

Do you want better security? Don't we all? Don't think anyone is going to argue that point.

It's an imperfect world. If you wait until things are perfect well...you're going to lose out.

There are clear benefits to EHRs. You have to be willing to sacrifice some things to get them, like privacy or potential breaches or stolen identities etc etc etc to get them. That's just the way it is.
mhasib
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mhasib,
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7/28/2014 | 3:43:28 PM
Re: Defending the value of EHR versus paper
@vnewman2 - Good points. 
DarrellP725
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DarrellP725,
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7/28/2014 | 3:32:43 PM
Re: Defending the value of EHR versus paper
Informed choices help reduce risks.
vnewman2
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vnewman2,
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7/28/2014 | 3:24:30 PM
Re: Defending the value of EHR versus paper
I'm not making any argument at all. My previous post speaks for itself. NEITHER method is 100 percent secure. This is life.
DarrellP725
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DarrellP725,
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7/28/2014 | 3:19:26 PM
Re: Defending the value of EHR versus paper
The fact is, EHRs are more expensive, more dangerous and less secure than paper records. So what is your argument?
vnewman2
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vnewman2,
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7/28/2014 | 3:13:57 PM
Re: Defending the value of EHR versus paper
@Darrell - I'm not debating that.  Everything has an element of risk.  Everything.  Except doing nothing.  And that's an option too.

You have to decide for yourself how much risk you are going to take and what the cost is.  Sometimes you gamble and lose.

You can just choose to not seek medical treatment completely I suppose.  That would keep your info completely safe.  Smart?  No.

It's just like having sex.  The only thing that offers 100 percent protection is abstinence.  
DarrellP725
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DarrellP725,
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7/28/2014 | 3:07:07 PM
Re: Defending the value of EHR versus paper
Ponemon estimates that over 90% of healthcare organizations have experienced at least one reportable data breach in the last two years. Also according to Ponemon, stolen medical identities bring $50 each on the black market while financial identities only bring $5 each.

It matters a lot. 
vnewman2
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vnewman2,
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7/28/2014 | 2:32:34 PM
Re: Defending the value of EHR versus paper
I personally don't think it has to do with what's safer or better.  A few non-debatable points:

Neither method is foolproof

There are pros and cons to both

People need to be educated on how their particular healthcare provider/insurance company/doctor handles their information and what happens in case of a breach.

 
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