Fed­eral pol­icy im­pedes free flow of pa­tient data

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing the Vi­tal Signs blog post “ACOs strug­gle with ad­vanced IT, in­ter­op­er­abil­ity, survey shows” (Mod­ern­Health­care.com, Sept. 24), ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tions will con­tinue to have chal­lenges with in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, not just be­cause of the many IT sys­tems in­volved, but also be­cause the Health In­surance Porta­bil­ity and Ac­count­abil­ity Act and the HITECH Act work against elec­tronic shar­ing of pa­tient in­for­ma­tion. HIPAA/HITECH hur­dles and su­per-high penal­ties— even when best in­ten­tions are made to safe­guard pa­tient data—se­verely limit the free flow of pa­tient data.

Why does our gov­ern­ment keep adding to the high cost of health­care? Just as with fed­eral ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy, fed­eral health­care pol­icy dances around the ele­phant in the room. Pa­tients should be re­spon­si­ble for their health—not providers—and par­ents should be re­spon­si­ble for their kids’ per­for­mance in school—not teach­ers. That be­ing said, providers and teach­ers should be held to per­for­mance stan­dards for pro­fes­sion­als in their in­dus­tries.

Holly Sail­ers Car­roll­ton, Ga.

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