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Too Much Shtick-o in 'Sicko'
Gary Baldwin, Technology Editor

Sicko, populist film director Michael Moore's take on the illnesses of our employer-based insurance system, does a fine job of documenting of how ordinary people can suffer--both from bureaucratic obstacles and heartless health insurance bean counters who deny treatment. Only the heartless among us can not be moved by these tales and Moore should be congratulated for capturing them. But move beyond these stories--as gripping as they are--and consider the film's main message, that government-sponsored universal health insurance is a healthcare panacea. At this juncture, the film begins to wobble like its rotund director. [Read More]
Gary Baldwin
July 31, 2007
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Data lapse involved 51,000
St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital said about 51,000 patients' personal information--names, addresses and Social Security numbers--was inadvertently made available on the Internet in the spring because of a security lapse by a subcontractor. There have been several similar stories this year (see next story below), a reminder of the high-profile nature of electronic breaches. Of course, breaches of paper charts are all but impossible to detect. [Read More]

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More than 100 employees at the Minnesota-based Park Nicollet Clinic have been suspended this year for violating federal laws on patient privacy--mostly by tapping into electronic records of relatives or friends. Kudos to the hospital for being so forthright about this issue. It reinforces the notion that EMRs, while vulnerable, have ways of detecting inappropriate record access. [Read More]

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Finally, this Washington Post articles lays out reasons that the fabled HIPAA legislation is not enough when it comes to patient privacy. But as the two stories above show, privacy violations can be the result of both inadvertent mistakes and human nature. How many healthcare workers have taken a peek at a family member's chart--or the chart of the local celebrity--sometime in their careers? [Read More]

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