[Ma-linux] Personal Tech: Computerized Health Records -- COST??
wadehamptoniv at gmail.com
Thu Oct 15 17:12:22 EDT 2009
On Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 4:42 PM, Kevin Dwyer <kevin at pheared.net> wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 3:55 PM, Jay Hart <jhart at kevla.org> wrote:
>> 4. Whom controls the data, in what format, and how is it protected.
> Even with potential privacy concerns aside, this one is very
> important. If I want to switch doctors, just how will my files move
> with me? I don't think imposing a standard is such a good idea, but
> requiring that the formats be at least documented and unencumbered by
> patents/NDAs/etc should help interoperability. And furthermore, if I
> want to see the records about _me_ I better be able to read them.
Check out world VistA at http://worldvista.org/
According to a doc friend at the VA, VistA is the closest she has seen
to a paperless office and she loves it. Open source and runs on Linux.
I imagine a lot of the cost consists of:
2) markup by resellers
3) maintenance contracts
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