The shift to electronic health records, information exchanges and data mining promises to improve patient care, but often it's happening without our knowledge, and consumer watchdogs fear our medical histories could fall into the wrong hands.
There are few things as creepy in online marketing as digging into someone’s health history, without their knowledge, to advertise to them. Yet that’s precisely what New York-based Epic Marketplace is accused of doing.
As hospitals digitize patient records and amass huge amounts of data, many are relying on companies such as Microsoft, SAS Institute Inc., International Business Machines Corp. and Oracle Corp., whose data-mining technologies can help them detect patterns and improve medical care.
More than 80 percent of hospitals have yet to achieve the requirements for the first stage of a $14.6 billion U.S. program to encourage doctors to adopt electronic medical records, the industry’s largest trade group said.
Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc, an electronic-health records provider, plunged the most in more than three years after its chairman was fired in a board dispute and three directors resigned in protest.
Hospitals would have to show they’ve amassed the vital statistics of more than 80 percent of their patients in digital form, among other targets, to continue collecting as much as $14.6 billion in federal grants for installing electronic records technology sold by General Electric Co. and smaller suppliers.
Two years after Sun Microsystems Inc.’s sale to Oracle Corp. ended his run as one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent chief executive officers, Jonathan Schwartz announced the debut of CareZone, a startup website that lets family members and health-care workers share information about aging or ill parents, spouses and children.