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Electronic health records raise doubt: Of course, they do

An excerpt from a recent article on

When Dave deBronkart, a tech-savvy kidney cancer survivor, tried to transfer his medical records from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to Google Health, a new free service that lets patients keep all their health records in one place and easily share them with new doctors, he was stunned at what he found.

Google said his cancer had spread to either his brain or spine – a frightening diagnosis deBronkart had never gotten from his doctors – and listed an array of other conditions that he never had, as far as he knew, like chronic lung disease and aortic aneurysm. A warning announced his blood pressure medication required “immediate attention.”

Expecting Google Health to change healthcare is something like expecting Wikipedia to substitute all encyclopaedias in the world…

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  1. That is definitely an eye opener. One would not think this kind of thing could possibly be so incompetently handled. The future solution will need to be a system run professionally by an agency; mistakes like this would be too dangerous.

    May 2, 2009

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