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NHS accused of breaching doctor-patient confidentiality for helping Home Office target foreigners

In England, the Migrants’ Rights Network challenges the legal precedent under which the Home Office requests NHS patient data in support of immigration enforcement efforts. According to England’s Department of Health, the Home Office made 8,127 requests for data in the first 11 months of 2016, which led to 5,854 people being traced by immigration enforcement teams

Breaking Down The MACRA Final Rule

Health Affairs analyzes the CMS final rule updating MACRA’s Quality Payment Program criteria for reporting year 2018.

Marshall Medical invests $20 million in new electronic medical records system

Marshall Medical Center (CA) will implement Epic across its hospital, clinic, and home health divisions. CEO James Whipple commented, “Epic is the dominant EHR provider in the area. Information can be shared across (each) system.” Kaiser Permanente and UC Davis both also use Epic and are both providing care within Marshall Medical’s community.

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  1. While i understand the reality of the statement —“Epic is the dominant (electronic records system) provider in the area,” said Marshall Medical CEO James Whipple. “Information can be shared across (each) system.”—, it still pains me that this value proposition is still a deciding factor (and PR worthy) in a modern day EHR selection.

    Not casting a negative light on any specific EHR companies that promote the “its easier to share with ourselves” as I know most say stuff like that in the product demonstrations. Just thought our industry would have moved past this by the time 2018 rolled around.

    • Bob I agree with you 100%. I work for an EHR vendor myself. It is mind boggling how different geographies will only consider specific EMR vendors because it is the predominant choice in the area. I know people who hate their vendor, but stay with it solely because of connections to hospitals/local care settings.

      I choose to join the Health IT world after an unexpected appendectomy when I was traveling. I was in high school, went to the ER, and sat down in front of a man with a computer. I will never forget the confusion I had when I walked into that ER and they could not pull a single piece of medical info up about me on their system. I at the time was living in a world where I had my own laptop, ISDN wireless internet card, and the knowledge of connected networks (Mom worked for telecomm so got all these goodies when I was young for free). I at a consumer level had access to endless amounts of info, and this hospital, in charge of caring for lives, seemed to be using technology that was ridciulously outdated.

      Of course now, after being in the HealthIT world for a number of years, realize why sharing data then was so difficult, but to your point Bob

      …..nearly 15 years later (lightyears in technological advancement) and the ability to share discrete health data is still barely existent.







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