February, 27, 2010
Unhealthy Development
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Facts and Fictions regarding the medical records electronic-shared system
medical_records.jpgThe Editor of the Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, Ohio wrote an editorial on February 22, 2010, titled "Healthy Development".

As the topic of federalized healthcare is in the news daily, this editorial is both timely and significant. The Editor reveals that federal grants have already been distributed, so it is reasonable to conclude that what is being discussed in the media as Obamacare is not dependent on Congress passing legislation, but is already being implemented by the federal government via grants throughout the country.

This editorial, while posted prominently on the editorial page, is a very skewed representation of the implications regarding moving our medical records into electronic databases. Below are some of the facts and fictions that were disseminated to the readers of the Columbus Dispatch. However, as a federal grant is involved in funding this system in Ohio, it is very likely this same offer (bribe) will be extended to all of the states. If you Google your-state - your-state health care, you will likely discover a similar program in your own back yard.

FACTSAs stated in the editorial
1. " . . . Ohio Health Information Partnership will receive . . . $43.3 million, matched by about $8 million in state funds . . .
" . . . that's why using tax dollars to help providers make the switch makes sense"
Taxpayer's money is subsidizing the switch to electronic medical records systems even though it was never approved by the taxpayers who are expected to pay for it.

2. "Those providers already have an incentive to go paperless: An earlier federal law, part of the stimulus package, provides up to $44,000 in increase Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for physicians who move quickly to make the switch to electronic records starting in 2011".
This is a back door entry for federal government controlled socialized medicine that the majority of the population is not aware of and does not support. Setting this program up under the existing Medicare and Medicaid programs are only the first step in the establishment of it nationwide.

3. "The longer a physician waits to go electronic, the smaller the reimbursement will be."
This program has been established in such a way as to reward physicians for participation and punish those who don't - thus pitting physicians and their patients that oppose it against each other. This is already occurring with patients who do not wish to take the flu shots or other vaccines.

4. "It will be valuable even before statewide universal record-sharing is achieved, and eventually could link to a broader system."
This move to a statewide electronic medical record system is a step toward a much larger "universal" system, which will eventually include the entire country. The use of the word 'universal' is not insignificant.

5. "News that the Ohio Health Information Partnership will receive two [taxpayer funded] grants . . . "
This endeavor is yet one more example of the corporate Public Private Partnership model; whereas government 'entities' (Government, Inc) collaborates with private corporations (Business, Inc and or University, Inc) to use tax payer money (externalizing costs) to set up business opportunities for big corporations - aka creating a market. Here are the identities of the 'Ohio Health Information Partnership':

~BioOhio (http://www.bioohio.com/membership/):
Battelle, Inc.
Proctor and Gamble, Inc.
Phrma, Inc
Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
Ohio State University, Inc.
Abbott Nutrition, Inc.
The University of Toledo, Inc.
Wright State University,
OhioHealth, Inc.
Cleveland Clinic, Inc.
Case Western Reserve, Inc.
~Ohio Hospital Association
~Ohio State Medical Association
~Ohio Osteopathic Association
~STATE OF OHIO inc. (listed on Dun and Bradstreet)

6. "While physicians always have shared patients' medical records when appropriate, many won't be eager to adapt office procedures . . to new . . . costly electronic systems."
Physicians will have to purchase costly electronic systems and will most certainly try to pass that cost onto their patients - who appear to have no say in this matter. This will cause yet another burden upon the small personal medical practice, making it more difficult for them to compete with the big corporate medical assembly lines.

electronic_medical_records.gifNowhere in the 527 word editorial was the word 'privacy' mentioned - not EVEN ONCE. The public is not supposed to notice one of the biggest downsides of this agenda, so the word is blatantly avoided. This is not insignificant!

FICTIONStated as fact in the editorial
1. Electronic medical records will " . . . improve patient care by arming providers with more information about past treatments and health history . . . "
There is no proof that this is true for the following reasons:
  • Computer stored information is not always accurate (garbage in - garbage out)
  • Patients are almost never given access to their charts to verify that what was recorded is exactly what they said
  • Misdiagnoses and mistakes happen frequently. A mistake on an electronically 'master' chart can follow the patient for years resulting in future misdiagnosis and mistreatment.
  • Patients don't always tell the truth. The more they are made to feel ashamed of their habits (smoking, overeating, etc) the more likely they are to conceal information. This is a normal response to a judgmental environment.

2. Electronic records will " . . . help doctors avoid unnecessary or inadvisable tests and medical procedures."
Tests are repeated (appropriately) all of the time. Labs and radiologists are capable of making errors like everyone else. If the patient presents with reoccurring symptoms, doctors will likely repeat tests anyway.

3. "About $15 million in federal money, plus $2 million of the state match, will help create a secure, Internet-based system . . . "
PULEEZ!!This is written by someone who is blatantly lying or has absolutely no understanding regarding computers and internet security. The term "secure internet-based system" is a true oxymoron. Here are just a few examples of hacker's successes:
The White House[ii]
The International Monetary Fund[iii]
Ohio Secretary of State[iv]
The State of Ohio Employee records[v]
Intel Corporation[vi]
Banks and their credit card holders[vii]
Personal financial accounts and identify theft of so many people has occurred (including myself) that you can now buy identify theft insurance.

4. "The law stipulates that the electronic system adopted by any provider must allow for 'meaningful use' of the records by others outside the office."
The OBVIOUS question here is who and what constitutes 'meaningful use' and who gets to make that decision? Also, this is written by someone who has never worked for a hospital or a medical facility. There is no test given for 'integrity' when employees are hired. Some have it and some don't. Privacy and access issues include:
  • How many women want their podiatrist and his/her employees to have access to their gynecology records?
  • How many men want their female ophthalmologist and her staff to know about their bouts with sexually transmitted diseases?
  • Can the private medical information be accessed and used for blackmail purposes by unscrupulous individuals? If this occurs what recourse will patients have?
  • How many people want their new prospective employers to know they had a bout of depression when they lost their previous job? If this occurs what recourse will patients have?
  • Will medical records be used to refuse payment for 'preexisting' conditions? If this occurs what recourse will patients have?
  • Will this information be accessed and used by BigPharma to harm our physicians when they don't prescribe their products - as Merck and Company have already done[viii]. If this occurs what recourse will physicians have?

5. "But the public benefit to electronic health records, especially the ability to share them, will be huge . . . "
The practice of stating something as factual that isn't is a classic technique of propaganda. This statement tries to lump the population into one group ('the public') to justify the electronic-medical record agenda. However the computerized shared medical records program will have winner and losers. Statistically there will be more losers than winners.

(many listed as members of the Ohio Health Information Partnership)
1. Government agencies (Government, Inc)
Agencies involved in the implementation of regimented (less costly) health care services will get more tax dollars to hire more employees
2. Data managment corporations (Business, Inc)
3. Insurance companies (Business, Inc)
Insurance companies will gain access to huge databases, thus allowing them to establish policies that will result in increased profits/decreased payouts
4. BigPharma (Business, Inc.)
Drug corporations will more readily be able to identify and penalize physicians or practices who are not prescribing their drugs.
5. BigPharma vaccine manufacturers (Business, Inc)
As Government Inc is the only entity with the 'supposed authority' to enforce mandatory vaccines for the entire population, without an electronic data base the identification of all of the vaccine 'refuseniks' would not be possible.
6. RFID companies (Business, Inc)
verichip.jpgPlease note: The vast majority of the public will refuse having micro-chips implanted in their bodies. However, this practice could easily be made a requirement to receive health care. The fact of the matter is that it is in the works already: "Microsoft's HealthVault, the medical records database, is to be integrated with VeriMed's human-embedded RFID tags, allowing doctors to access the medical records of unconscious patients with a quick scan of the arm."[ix] Obviously implants would have to be in patient's bodies BEFORE he/she becomes unconscious.

Both the RFID chip implantation (Verichip) and the mandatory vaccine agendas hinge on the success of the electronic medical records conversion program. While Microsoft has developed a program that could be used (HealthVault), converting all patient records to a database is the first step. Medical information 'administrators' understand that for such a massive program to succeed all patient records need to be directed to a single physical or electronic location as the second step. While the details are being worked out, this location has already been designated as your "Medical Home".

When humans (who are neither merely consumers, nor merely customers) become ill or injured they will be forced to forgo personalized care for regimented/computerized care. The only way to enter patient info into an electronic database is via coding. Complicated issues and considerations can be expressed by a physician on a chart, but are not practical for entry into a database. A database requires the use of questionnaires, categories, checklists, and coding. Few people ever exhibit as 'text book' cases (which is why they are called 'text book cases'), but can have atypical symptoms or symptoms caused by many factors (including stress, anxiety, or even a broken heart, etc). This FACT, is indisputable by all good physicians.

People are not automobiles that can be diagnosed and repaired via a computer system, which is why physicians spend so many years learning medicine. To replicate the automobile repair system for use on humans will only result in tragedy and loss of life.

The analysis, tracking and control of physicians is essential for the implementation of computerized/regimented medicine. Once a system like this (aka medical electronic surveillance) is fully implemented, physicians can (and already are) be penalized should they vary from the protocols established by the medical/pharmaceutical/industrial complex. The physicians who discover less conventional ways to help their patients get well or those find it necessary to personalize the care they give, will likely find themselves chastised by the system. A significant aspect of the practice of medicine and healing is not to be found in textbooks. It is the intuition that physicians are gifted with or acquire after many years of experience. Unfortunately there is no place for intuition in computerized medicine - no box to check. The loss of physician's ability to personalize our care will have a huge negative impact on all of us whenever we find ourselves sitting on an exam table as a 'patient'.

[i] "NASA Sites Hacked", ComputerWorld Security, December 17, 2003, http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/88348/NASA_sites_hacked_Zone_H_says

[ii] "Chinese Hack into White House Network", Financial Times, November 7, 2008, http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/2931c542-ac35-11dd-bf71-000077b07658.html?nclick_check=1

[iii] "Cyper-hackers Break into IMF Computer System", Fox News, November, 24, 2008, http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,452348,00.html

[iv] "Ohio's Secretary of State's Website Hacked", CNNPolitics.com, October 22, 2008, http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/22/ohio.website.hacked/

[v] "State Employees Info Stolen", WTVG-Toledo Ohio, June 19, 2007, http://abclocal.go.com/wtvg/story?section=news/local&id=5396962

[vi] "Sophisticated Hack Hit Intel in January", Wired, February 23, 2010, http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/02/intel-hacked/

[vii] "Personal Information Lost on 650,000 Credit Card Holders", FoxNews.com, January 17, 2008, http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,323712,00.html

[viii] "Vioxx maker Merck and Co drew up doctor hit list", The Australian, April 01, 2009, http://www.theaustralian.news.com/au/story/0,25197,25272600-2702.00.html

[ix] "Microsoft wants to get under your skin", The Register, December 4, 2008; http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/12/04/ms_verimed/

Author's medical background
Formerly I was a billing clerk in a hospital, I was a Registered Respiratory Therapist who helped care for patients and taught students, I taught both basic and advanced Cardiac Life Support to both respiratory therapists and medical students, and am married to a physician who is now retired.

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