Trent W. Buck wrote:
Jason White wrote:
I'm really not concerned about the
possibility that a government
department or a health professional could gain access to my records
without my consent.
There are also issues with improperly anonymized records appearing in
I just had an idea -- store the canonical copy of the data on your
medicare card. Most people, most of the time, will have a wallet and
a phone on them, and they're already used to the idea of managing
secrecy of their wallets' contents.
Well that is certainly a decentralised model;
the simplest and cheapest version would just be just an electronic
copy of the paper record;
there is still the problem of collecting that paper record, when it is
spread over multiple GP's ;
a common situation, I would have thought ?
If it is to be in data-base format there would be issues of
standardisation and conversion;
which would probably have a higher cost.
Regarding privacy; it occurs that the chief issue is the privacy of the
identity of the owner of that record
and any identifying information within those records, which probably
isn't substantial .
.This being important because it suggests a privatised solution .might be
possible with a business model, whereby a company (with a patient's
permission) pays doctors
for access to the paper record, then converts and processes the record;
identifying the record only by a code.
Those anonymous records would be a valuable resource ,
which pharmaceutical companies etc. would pay to have access to.
What will you call your company ?
and when will it go public ?
Your active caregiver has a cached copy that they pull from your
medicare card with a card reader on their desk. If you go to ER
without your wallet, they have to pull it from there
Well my experience was that they just asked me !
Reminded me of Dirty Harry's immortal line "Feeling lucky punk ?"
-- same as they
do now with paper records.
Remaining logistics issues are left as an exercise for the reader.
The card reader
?.........apologies I couldn't resist there is no real
regards Rohan McLeod