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EHR privacy breaches

There’s been a lot of talk about privacy protections, or lack thereof, in electronic health records, particularly in context of the economic stimulus proposal that includes $20 billion for health IT. CNN had a story Tuesday about the security of payer-generated health records.

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Fear mongering or real concern? I think there’s some of both going on here.

Meanwhile, I’m counting the minutes until I get my next round of hate mail for linking to the “liberal media.” Controversy is fun!

February 12, 2009 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.

Army adds speech recognition users

Nuance Communications today announced that the U.S. Army Medical Department recently purchased an additional 10,000 licenses for Dragon Medical speech recognition software. The purchase brings the number of Army medical licenses to more than 90,000.

Nuance says the software will be integrated with the AHLTA EHR system to help physicians document patient encounters.

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I, apparently, am a retard

I received an interesting e-mail this morning from someone identifying himself as Rick Sarna (soliboy82@hotmail.com), in response to last night’s post about the Washington Times’ unfortunate comparison between Tom Daschle and Nazism.

The subject line of the e-mail is “Wow you are a retard.” The full text follows:

I love how you self-proclaimed “journalists,” which is just a dirty word for “liberal, shit-sucking scumbags” all want a taste of “Brack Bama’s” (and his administration) black cock. You’ll do anything to lambaste things you pretend to know about. I am a medical doctor, and Daschle’s new healthcare plan smacks of Nazism through and through… or maybe you’re too fucking retarded, like most liberals, or too busy fantasizing about Helen Thomas’ vagina dentata, to read your facts.

Daschle says health-care reform “will not be pain free.” Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them.

Also:

He praises Europeans for being more willing to accept “hopeless diagnoses” and “forgo experimental treatments,” and he chastises Americans for expecting too much from the health-care system.

Never have words been spoken by a more misanthropic piece of trash. American medical professionals are the most highly skilled and qualified in the world, by any standard. We provide an elite service. Therefore, we demand elite compensation. I know liberals hate the idea of a skilled worker demanding higher compensation, and before the White House Shine puts a cap on medical compensation too, we will keep doing our jobs.

Hmm, I don’t recall ever calling myself a liberal or fawning over anything Obama has said. I don’t recall ever defending Daschle’s proposals either—or even defending Daschle in the face of his arrogant attempt to take advantage of tax laws. Nor do I know whether Sarna has any facts to support his claim that American medical professionals are the most highly skilled in the world, when all the evidence points to medical quality in the United States being a crap shoot.

However, it’s fun being called a retard by someone who clearly failed Punctuation 101, as evidenced by the subject line. I may even be dealing with a flat-out liar, too. I Googled “Rick Sarna” and came up with an attorney in Chicago, a research editor in Chicago and director of network operations for a broadcaster (probably part of the liberal media conspiracy) in New York City. The only thing close to a “medical doctor” I found was a Richard J. Sarna, DDS, in White Plains, N.Y. That’s a dentist, not a medical doctor.

So much for debating the facts.

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I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.