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National Health Information Exchange: Why The Delay?
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jaysimmons
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11/15/2012 | 6:15:40 AM
re: National Health Information Exchange: Why The Delay?
Using the Hurricane Sandy example, think about how useful HIE would have been for those doing emergency triage for wounded survivors. With a central data store for patient information, or at least a way to easily retrieve patient data, responders would have immediate knowledge of medications and allergies, along with any pertinent health conditions for people hurt by the storm. One issue I see with a national HIE is having patients buy into a central repository that would be safe enough to trust. Although there may be enormous benefit, the idea of having all your information in a central location is a hard pill to swallow.

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pcerrato10
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11/7/2012 | 8:33:03 PM
re: National Health Information Exchange: Why The Delay?
Opposition to the Affordable Care Act could be one reason the public resists health information exchanges. And the law certainly is unpopular among many smaller business owners because it requires them to pick up the bill for their workers' health insurance. Some low wage employers are getting around this by hiring more part timers who don't have to be insured. Once again the individual wage earner suffers.
lgarey@techweb.com
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11/7/2012 | 6:59:47 PM
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Do you think part of the problem is people perceiving HIEs as intertwined with the Affordable Care Act? That seems to be their beef with a HC SSN. I was struck by the number of state-level ballot questions last night about opting out of the new healthcare law. As a Massachusetts resident, I don't get the fuss G the administration clearly did a terrible job on education.


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