The AP story linked below is disturbing. I am such a cheer leader for electronic records I tend to dismiss anything that gets in the way. However the security of our personal information is a real issue. The unfortunate truth is that the qualities of digital technology, speed and ease of use, that make it so powerful when creating dental records are the same qualities that make it easy for thieves and hackers to exploit.
Two reports released today by the inspector general of the Health and Human Services Department have found that the drive to connect hospitals and doctors so they can share patient data electronically is being layered on top of a system that already has glaring privacy problems.