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Internet Health Records: Convenience at a Cost?

Joanne Silberner writes on NPR: “There are Web sites that allow you to keep information about your medical treatment online, where you and your doctor can access it easily. An article in the New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday asks if electronic medical records are the next big thing in health care. The...

Letter Pushes Medicare E-Scripts

Forty-four businesses and organizations have signed a letter to Congress asking that legislation to mandate electronic prescribing for the Medicare program be approved. The letter was sent May 1 to leaders of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways & Means and Energy & Commerce committees. “We urge you to actively support passage...

Political pressure on NHS trusts to use immature database

Tony Collins reports in ComputerWeekly.com: The first NHS trusts to upload medical details to a national database as part of the £12.4bn National Programme for IT (NPfIT) were pressured for political reasons to push ahead quickly despite the immaturity of the technology, an independent report is set to reveal. A year-long study of the...

Congress Passes Bill to Bar Bias Based on Genes

Amy Harmon reports in the New York Times: A bill that would prohibit discrimination by health insurers and employers based on the information that people carry in their genes won final approval in Congress on Thursday by an overwhelming vote. Full stoy – NY Times