I hope this is really a sign that things will finally move. The medical records field has so many interested parties the move to a standard digital record has been glacial. Unfortunately dentistry is being held hostage to the full medical record. As the saying goes…read the whole thing.
WASHINGTON (Reuters ) – A major consumer group, insurers together with Google Inc and Microsoft Corp said on Wednesday they have agreed to standards intended to speed adoption of personal electronic health records.
The electronic medical record field remains in its infancy. While U.S. privacy laws govern actions by medical providers such as doctors, there is little in the way of other established privacy, security and data usage standards despite decades of industry efforts.
Backers, which also include some doctors and employer groups, said they hope to break a stalemate in moving medical records online, sparked by consumer fears that their personal information will be abused, or held against them.